The 48-star flag has been with me for decades
A woman for whom I babysat gave it to me. I'm not sure why.
Perhaps she thought it was educational for me to have a 48-star flag. If I remember right, she told me it was draped across her father-in-law's casket.
It is a piece of history that deserves respect.
The American flag received its 48th star in 1912 as Arizona was added to the union of states. For 47 years, Old Glory had 48 stars in six rows of eight.
The 49th and 50th stars were added to the flag in 1959 and 1960 after Alaska and Hawaii became states.
I'm asking our readers on Flag Day 2012: What should I do with a 48-star flag?