NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 28, 2009

US flag in San Antonio had just 43 stars


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A star-spangled banner proudly displayed in Texas lacked a little something: seven stars.

A San Antonio company has replaced a U.S. flag it produced that had just 43 stars.

KSAT-TV reports that the banner was hanging at the Northside Independent School District Aquatics Center when somebody noticed the error.

Aquatics director Scott Zolinski says the center assumed the flag had 50 stars when it ordered the flag.

The last time the 43-star flag was official was in 1890.

Zolinski says the district "went on good faith that when you purchase the item that it was the real thing."

Allied Advertising spokesman Jesse Castoreno says it was a "simple mistake" and the flag was designed by someone who is no longer employed at the company.

The company replaced the flag for free.