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What Do Dates on Our Flag Mean?

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What do the two dates on the North Carolina flag mean?

The first date – May 31, 1775 – commemorates the Mecklenburg Resolves, a statement issued by a committee in Charlotte just a few weeks after the opening battles of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord. The document called for nullification of the King’s authority.

The second date – April 12, 1776 – highlights the Halifax Resolves. Months before the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, North Carolina became the first colony to officially call for a separation from Great Britain with the adoption of the Halifax Resolves. North Carolina led the way.

Ron Smith, S&A Communications

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