National Geographic lists a banner used by the DC Militia—now the National Guard—as Washington’s unofficial flag.
A Flag Is Born
Illustrator Charles A.R. Dunn sketches an idea inspired by the Washington-family coat of arms.
Congress appoints a commission to pick a flag for the city. Dunn’s design wins.
Up the Pole
The red-and-white flag flies in front of the District Building (later the Wilson Building) for the first time.
District license plates ditch their image of the Capitol in favor of the DC banner. The design remains similar today.
A North American Vexillological Association survey names DC’s emblem the best city flag in the US. The runner-up? Chicago’s.
Make That 51
Congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton successfully spearheads legislation requiring the armed services to include the DC flag whenever those of the 50 states are displayed.
Skin in the Game
DC-flag tattoos, long a local counterculture staple, reach their peak when Tom Sherwood, Kojo Nnamdi, and Mary Cheh get inked with the local stars and bars.
Flag worship reaches new heights with this Capitol Hill roof.
This article appeared in the July 2018 issue of Washingtonian.