The Grand Union was not approved by Congress, nor does it comply with the 14 June 1777 flag ordinance. It has no stars and therefore no "constellation." Nevertheless, it is considered the "first U.S. flag." When carried with a Betsy Ross or other stars and stripes, there are some re-enactors who refuse to dip the Grand Union during the "Star Spangled Banner." They are adamant about it being a U.S. flag. What is the status of the Grand Union? Is it an official U.S. flag subject to protocol?