Origin of DC’s Flag

I’m embarrassed to admit I got asked this question and had no idea what the answer was. Thank God for Wikipedia:

“The flag of the District of Columbia, USA, consists of three red stars above two red bars on a white background. It is based on the design of the coat of arms of George Washington, first used to identify the family in the twelfth century, when one of George Washington’s ancestors took possession of Washington Old Hall, then in County Durham, north-east England. For heraldic reasons, the stars are properly called mullets.”

Knowing this I hope we will stop disparaging those who also chose to sport mullets…

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