Each year, in the dead heat of summer our country celebrates Flag Day. The official observance date is June 14 and established as a day to salute the Star-Spangled Banner.
We’ve put together a list of fun facts related to the holiday that encourages our country to stand in unity based on facts according to, USFLAG.org, History Channel and PBS.
-The United States flag was born on June 14, 1777 in The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.
-The American Flag has gone through quite a few transformations over the years. In 1795 the flag had a total of 15 stripes to represent each state.
-There are 50 stars on the American flag representing each state. The fiftieth star was added in 1960 when Hawaii joined the US. The alternating 13 red and white stripes representing the thirteen original colonies. The stripes are white to symbolize liberty and equality and the alternating red color represent the courage of our country. The flag has undergone 27 changes.
-Flag Day was established over a hundred years ago by President Woodrow Wilson. He believed that by observing and setting aside one day for the flag would unite citizens. Today, we need it more than ever.
-There is a law on the books called, Public Law 829 also known as “The Flag Code” that lays out the dates and correct use of displaying the American flag.
-Most of the American flags flying in the U.S are made on our nation’s soil. Of course, right?
-The flag will always be flying over the White House, Baltimore, Arlington, and Fort McHenry at all times.
-The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892.
-Betsy Ross may not be the original designer of the American Flag but then again it can’t be refuted that she wasn’t either.
The phrase “under God” was not original to the Pledge of Allegiance. The phrase was added by Congress in 1954.
We’ve placed five American flags on the moon. They may not be in the best shape today but are still standing.