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Mystery Solved, Donor Identified for Historic Flags Donated to Haddam Veterans Museum

Submitted by Rick Annino
(November 20, 2023) — The information published in the November 16, 2023 edition of the Haddam Killingworth News regarding an anonymous donation of historic flags to the Veterans Museum generated a phone call from the donor family.

Seven flags were dropped off at the Haddam Town Office Building several weeks ago. They included a 44-star flag, a 46-star flag, two 48-star flags and three 50-star flags.

—The 44-star flag recognized Wyoming as the 44th state, and was in service from July 4, 1890 to July 3, 1896.
—The 46-star flag recognized Oklahoma as the 46th state, and was in service from July 4, 1908 to July 3, 1912.
—There was a 47-star flag for Mexico, but it was in service for only one month in 1912. This is a very rare flag and there are only ten known to be still in existence.
—The 48-star flag recognized New Mexico and Arizona as the 47th and 48th states, and was in service from July 4, 1912 to July 5, 1959.
—The 50-star flag recognized Hawaii as the 50th state, and has been in service since July 4, 1960.

The flags belonged to Max Miller of Haddam, and were left at the Town Office Building by his wife, Rosemary. Mr. Miller’s father was a World War I veteran and picked up the 44-star flag after the war.
The Museum extends its appreciation to the Millers, and will now go forward with preserving the flags and properly displaying them, and also recognizing those who donated them.

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