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Why is the tomb of U.S. President John Adams draped with a flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes?

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John Adams (30 October 1735 – 4 July 1826) served as the second President and the flag shown on the photograph is the pattern flown since 1795 and throughout his presidency from 1797 to 1801. It was not until 1818 that Congress proclaimed that the number of stripes was to represent the original 13 colonies and adopted the adding of one star for each state admitted to the union. A tradition started during the administration of President Lyndon Johnson (27 August 1908 – 22 January 1973) whereby a wreath is sent to the burial place of all deceased presidents on the anniversary of their birthday.

On this day, 30 October 2021, we commemorate the 286th anniversary of the birth of U.S. President John Adams.

André M. Levesque

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