The United States flag is a symbol of freedom and patriotism for many Americans. It stands for the values and history of the United States, and serves as a reminder of the importance of national unity. It is one of the most recognisable symbols in the world and has a long history. Here are the top 10 facts about the US flag that may surprise you.
There are 50 stars and 13 stripes on the flag of the United States of America.
The stars represent all of the 50 states of the country and the stripes represent the 13 original colonies that became the first states of the Union.
The colours mean something too
Red, white and blue were chosen as the colours to represent valour (red), liberty and purity (white), and justice and loyalty (blue).
As more states joined the union, more stars were added.
That means that there have been 27 versions of the flag over the years. There’s only one that’s considered the current, correct version though.
Someone who likes flags is called a vexillologist.
One who designs flags is a vexillographer, and the art of flag-designing is called vexillography!
George Washington’s seamstress made the first flag
Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the first American flag, and the rest is history!
There are six US flags on the Moon
Only one of the six are not standing – the very first one, placed by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission.
The flag was designed as part of a homework project
When Alaska and Hawaii become states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag.
One school in Ohio set homework to come up with the new flag.
Robert G. Heft, a 17-year old high school student, submitted his version and it was accepted and remains in use today.
Harshly, Robert got a B- on his project!
The flag can be displayed 24/7
According to Federal flag laws and regulations, the flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset, except during inclement weather.
It may be displayed 24 hours a day as long as it’s “properly illuminated” while it’s dark out…
Presidential proclamations and laws demands the display of the flag 24 hours a day at some places across the country, including the White House!
Flag burning takes place
Some people burn flags to be disrespectful but it’s also how you’re supposed to dispose of them.
If a flag can no longer be used or repaired, it must be destroyed in a respectful manner, such as by burning. There are even ceremonies!
There’s a day dedicated to it
President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing Flag Day as the anniversary of the Flag Resolution. On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress that designated June 14 of each year as National Flag Day!
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