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Historical Flags - The Bedford Flag
 

 

The oldest known American Battle flag, this banner was flown by the Bedford Minutemen Company at the Battle of Lexington and Concord and onward.  It was the first flag of the American Revolution to be fired upon by the British.  The flag features an armored arm wielding a sword and protruding from a cloud.  It also contains the powerful words “Vince aut Morire,” which translates to “Conquer or Die.”  It has been preserved to this day from its time in the Massachusetts Militia, and remains in Bedford, Massachusetts.

 
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