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In time for Flag Day, George Washington’s personal standard gets its debut at Philly museum

June 13, 2018 GMT

By Staff

The pale-blue silk flag belonging to Gen. George Washington typically spends its days behind a frame and covered by a white blanket, tucked into a drawer in the bowels of the Museum of the American Revolution.

The drawer is only accessible, inside its temperature- and light-controlled room, through a set of keycard-secured doors. Curators wear blue surgical gloves when handling the 13-starred flag, carefully protecting the general’s headquarter standard from the sun’s damaging rays.

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