FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE AMERICAN FLAG
Today, Flag Day is celebrated with parades, contests, ceremonies and picnics sponsored by veterans groups, schools, and groups like the National Flag Day foundation whose goal is to preserve the traditions, history, pride and respect that are due to the nation’s symbol, Old Glory.
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union is 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
Although Wilson declared Flag Day a holiday during his presidency, Flag Day is not a “legal public holiday” under federal law.
Other Interesting Facts About the American Flag
Six American Flags have made it to the moon. You have probably seen Neil Armstrong on the moon with an American Flag. But he is not the only one to plant one on the surface of the moon. Five additional Apollo missions — 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 — ended with an astronaut placing a flag on the moon.
There have been 27 versions of the American Flag. Since the 1777 original that had 13 stars and 13 stripes for the American colonies, there have been many changes and iterations of the flag. Each time a state was added to the union, a star was added. 1960, July 4th American Flag Raised
The current American flag was first raised on July 4, 1960, over the Fort McHenry National Historic Site in Maryland, according to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. Eisenhower made the 50-star flag design official with Executive Order 10834 in August 1959. American Flags sold each year
The Flag Manufacturers Association of America estimates that there are 150 million American flags sold each year.
Current Flag has flown the longest Hawaii was the 50th state admitted into the United States in 1959. The 50 star flag has flown the longest of any flag. 12 Presidents have served under this flag.
Correctly Folding an American Flag Ever wondered how to correctly fold an American flag? First, enlist a partner and stand facing each other, each holding both corners of one of the rectangle’s shorter sides. Working together, lift the half of the flag that usually hangs on the bottom over the half that contains the blue field of stars. Next, fold the flag lengthwise a second time so that the stars are visible on the outside. Make a triangular fold at the striped end, bringing one corner up to meet the top edge. Continue to fold the flag in this manner until only a triangle of star-studded blue can be seen.
America may not be finished adding stars. American-owned territories Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands may also, at some point, be added.