I just realized it was Flag Day when I got home and there was an American flag flying in my yard! I figured this would be the perfect day to write 10 facts about the American flag. I love researching topics like this because I learn so much! Hopefully, you will also learn a thing or two from this list.
American Flag Facts
1 – Only the President and Governors of the State can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff.
2 – The flag first rose over thirteen states along the Atlantic seaboard, with a population of around three million people.
3 – The flag was first carried in battle at the Brandywine, September 11, 1777.
4 – Betsy Ross is typically credited, but there is no historical evidence that she was the first flag seamstress.
5 – Only half of the 50 states have laws encouraging students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.
6 – A Wisconsin school teacher named B.J. Cigrand was one of the first organizers of Flag Day. He orchestrated “flag birthday” celebrations for his students. The idea stuck.
7 – The flag shares its day with the United States Army’s celebration of Army Birthday.
8 – Official flag colors (“White,” “Old Glory Red,” and “Old Glory Blue”) are defined with reference to The Color Association of the United States. The colors are reproducible for cloth only. They cannot be perfectly converted to RGB (screen display) or CMYK (printing).
9 – Robert G. Heft designed the current flag as a school project when Hawaii and Alaska were being discussed as possible states. He received a B- for the assignment because his teacher said it lacked creativity. His teacher told him he would receive a higher grade if it was adopted by Congress, so he sent it on to his representative, where it eventually became the nations flag. He was 18 years old.
10 – The American flag is flown at half staff until noon on Memorial Day. It also flutters in half staff on Patriot Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and similarly for 30 days after the death of a President and for 10 days following the death of a Vice President, Chief Justice, member of Cabinet or former Vice President.
Happy Flag Day! If you know of any other interesting facts about the flag let me know! The facts featured here I found on Wikipedia, Buzzle, The USA Flag Site, National Journal, and About.com.