District of Columbia Flag
History of the Washington, D.C. Flag
The District of Columbia flag features a white field that has two horizontal red bands and three red stars above the bands. The design of the flag was derived from the Coat of Arms of George Washington. The District of Columbia flag was adopted on October 15th, 1938. There was no official flag for the District of Columbia until a public competition was held by the commission to design the flag and it was designed by Charles A.R. Dunn, who was a graphic designer. The reason and meaning of the colors and design of the flag are still unknown.
The District of Columbia is known today as Washington D.C, which is also the capital of the United States of America. The District of Columbia was never a state (and still isn't) but it is an area that was created – it is a territory of the United States of America. The district was created to be the "government seat." Prior to its creation, the 13 Northern and Southern states wanted an area a capital that could represent all the states equally, and George Washington chose an area between Maryland and Virginia. The first piece of land was donated by Virginia (South of the Potomac River) and a piece of land was donated by Maryland (North of the Potomac River). In 1847, Virginia's piece of land (known as Alexandria D.C) was returned and is now known as Arlington County. Since 1847, Washington D.C is on the North side of the river. Before the territory was built, it was designed and planned by Pierre L'Enfant who included many streets, parks and important buildings in the plan. Washington D.C officially joined the United States of America on July 16th, 1970. Washington is named in honor of George Washington and D.C (district of Columbia) was named in honor of Christopher Columbus. Washington D.C is referred to as "Our Nation's Capital" and sometimes known as the "political capital of the world." Prior to its creation, the capital, New York, Anneapolis and Philadelphia were all capitals of the United States of America at one point.
Washington D.C is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America with approximately 22 million visitors a year. It is visited mainly for its famous buildings which include, The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Jefferson Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial was built between 1914-1922 to honor (the 16th president of the United States of America). The Washington Monument was built to honor George Washington (first president of the United States) and used to be one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was built between 1848-1884 and is still thought to be one of the tallest stone structures in the world. The Jefferson Memorial has a strong resemblance with the Pantheon in Rome and was built in honor of Thomas Jefferson (third president of the United States of America) and was designed in 1925. One of the oldest buildings which is visited in Washington D.C is an old stone house in Georgetown which was built and has been unchanged since 1765.