Most People Don’t Know The Story Behind Alaska’s Flag And The 13-Year Old Boy Who Created It

Benny Benson was just a boy when he designed the Alaska State Flag. In early 1926, Territorial Governor George Parks was on a trip to Washington, D.C. when he saw the flags of the 48 states flying outside the old Post Office Building and he was convinced that Alaska needed a flag that would wave with the others.

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Hear a beautiful version of the Alaska Flag Song here, the state song about the bold and meaningful flag invented by Benny Benson, a important historical figure in Alaska.

Here are 10 Staggering Photos Of An Abandoned Orphanage Hiding In Alaska, the Jesse Lee Home where Benny lived when he created the flag.

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