During the national anthem before a volleyball match at Kofa, I looked at the U.S. flag and thought about something I’ve always wondered. 

When the American flag is hung vertically, how come the stars are in the upper left-hand corner? If you took a horizontal American flag and simply turned it 90-degrees, the stars would be in the upper right corner.

I’m sure it’s probably a military reason, but every flag etiquette site I went to didn’t say why it’s that way – just that’s how it’s done. Even the so-called backward American flag patches on soldiers’ uniforms I’ve heard reasons behind. 

Now flag etiquette seems to be an annual topic of discussion in the letters to the editor, so I’m sure there’s somebody out there that has an answer. Please, end my confusion once and for all. 

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