The Bedford Flag is the oldest complete flag known in the United States. It was carried by Bedford Massachusetts Minuteman, Nathaniel Page, to the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775, the beginning of the American Revolution. This flag was already old when used that day, since it had been made in the early 1700’s and used by a cavalry troop of the Massachusetts Bay militia in the French and Indian Wars. The emblem shows an armored arm emerging from clouds and grasping a sword. Three cannonballs are shown in the air. Around the arm is a gold ribbon with Latin words “VINCE AUT MORIRE” (Conquer or Die).
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