This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared July 3 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — On a day of red, white and blue, some wave a slightly different flag.
The historic Bennington battle flag, also known as the Bennington flag and the 76 flag, holds a pride of place to some this Independence Day, commemorating a history that gives Bennington a unique distinction in the United States.
“If you ask a professional flag collector what the 76 flag is also known as, they would immediately say, the Bennington flag,” said Jonah Spivak, history buff and president of the board of directors of the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The flag is further unique in that is an official, legally recognized United States flag.
It’s also one of the oldest American flags in existence.
It uses white stripes for the outer bars, and has an arrangement of stars with the numbers “76” in the upper left corner, which commemorates the country’s struggle for independence from Britain.
It has 14 stars — for the 13 original colonies, and Vermont.
Evidence suggests that Nathaniel Fillmore, a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a participant in the Battle of Bennington, was responsible for the creation of the flag.
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