“The accompanying flag has flown over the United States Capitol on July 20, 1969, the day the Apollo 11 Astronauts landed and walked on the Moon”
Official American flag, 3 feet by 5 feet, flown over the United States Capitol on the day that man first walked on the moon, July 20, 1969. Flag was manufactured by Annin & Co. of Verona, New Jersey, and bears their manufacturer’s marks along the left edge, reading: “Defiance / 100% Cotton / Bunting / Annin & Co. / Verona, N.J. / Since 1847.” Includes a TLS addressed to Senator Barry Goldwater, signed “J. George Stewart,” one page, 8 x 10.5, Architect of the Capitol letterhead, July 21, 1969. In full: “This is to certify that the accompanying flag has flown over the United States Capitol on July 20, 1969, the day the Apollo 11 Astronauts landed and walked on the Moon. I understand that this flag is for the American Legion Generals Ward and Chennault Post No. 1, Shanghai, China, 'Operating in Exile.'" Also includes a pamphlet entitled ‘Our Flag,’ an original transmittal envelope, and the flag’s original box. In fine condition, with a few creases to the box. The American Legion post that Goldwater presented the flag to was named after Claire Lee Chennault, who is best known for his leadership of the ‘Flying Tigers’ during WWII—an especially interesting aerospace association. RR Auction COA.