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With preservation complete, George Washington's flag awaits Philadelphia museum's 2016 opening

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    In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo during an interview with the Associated Press Scott Stephenson, Director of Collections and Interpretation, uncovers the recently conserved George Washington's flag, which flew to denote his presence at various battles during the war against Britain, at the Museum of the American Revolution's facility near Philadelphia. The small banner, now a faded blue with 13 white six-pointed stars, is among thousands of objects waiting for a permanent home at the soon-to-be-built Revolution museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo shown is a star on the recently conserved George Washington's flag, which flew to denote his presence at various battles during the war against Britain, at the Museum of the American Revolution's facility near Philadelphia. The small banner, now a faded blue with 13 white six-pointed stars, is among thousands of objects waiting for a permanent home at the soon-to-be-built Revolution museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo shown is the recently conserved George Washington's flag, which flew to denote his presence at various battles during the war against Britain, at the Museum of the American Revolution's facility near Philadelphia. The small banner, now a faded blue with 13 white six-pointed stars, is among thousands of objects waiting for a permanent home at the soon-to-be-built Revolution museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo shown are the holster pistols carried by Brigadier General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg during the American Revolution, at the Museum of the American Revolution's facility near Philadelphia. The pistols are among thousands of objects waiting for a permanent home at the soon-to-be-built Revolution museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 photo textile conservator Virginia Whelan who recently preserved George Washington's flag, which flew to denote his presence at various battles during the war against Britain, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Museum of the American Revolution's facility near Philadelphia. The small banner, now a faded blue with 13 white six-pointed stars, is among thousands of objects waiting for a permanent home at the soon-to-be-built Revolution museum. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

Not far from where Betsy Ross is believed to have sewn the nation's first flag, another historic banner eventually will be on display.

George Washington's flag is among thousands of objects waiting for a permanent home at the Museum of the American Revolution. It's scheduled to open in downtown Philadelphia in late 2016.

Conservators recently finished preserving the banner, which flew to denote Washington's presence as commander in chief during the War of Independence.

The now fragile and faded silk standard has a plain blue field with 13 white, six-pointed stars. Museum officials say it's among the first generation of flags to use stars to represent the colonies.

Saturday is Flag Day, marking the date in 1777 when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes design credited to Ross.

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