10 Fun American Flag Facts
Brush up on your us flag facts and flag knowledge with these fun American flag facts and history.
Thomas Green Requests First Flag
In 1777, Thomas Green, an American Indian who sought protection of an official flag while traveling through dangerous territory in Philadelphia, requested Congress to settle on the exact look of the United States’ flag. To set things in motion, he offered a payment of three strings of wampum—a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of American Indians. Congress obliged, and within 10 days, the flag, featuring 13 stars and 13 stripes, was finalized, on June 14th, 1777.
The Flag Has a Sleep-Wake Schedule
According to Federal flag laws and regulations, the flag is meant to be displayed from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag is often displayed around the clock, which is acceptable as a form of ultimate patriotism. If the latter is done, the flag must be illuminated at night.
The Designer of Our Current Flag Was a High School Student
Today’s U.S. flag, flying high with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed by a 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio in 1958. While his teacher scored his sewing project a B-, Heft’s design was chosen out of 1,500 entries by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This might be one of our all-time favorite US flag facts!
There’s a Proper Way to View the Flag
When the American flag is on display during a parade or review, you shouldn’t have your arms down by your sides. The proper way to view it, except for people in uniform, is to put your right hand over your heart, according to Federal flag laws and regulations.
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Care and Disposal of the Flag
Should a flag get dirty, it can be washed or dry-cleaned. It can also be mended, if necessary. Though not discussed in the United States Flag Code, the USA Flag Site suggests these maintenance measures are acceptable. If an American flag is beyond repair, the proper way to dispose of it, according to the flag code, is to destroy it “in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
The Dakotas Threw Off the Star Design
All 27 official versions of the U.S. flag have had a different number of stars. Because some thought North Dakota and South Dakota would be admitted as one state, manufacturers at one point produced a 39-star version for the marketplace. Speaking of the Dakotas, scroll this list to find the biggest home in each these states!
Betsy Ross Might Not Have Been the Designer
While Betsy Ross is largely credited as the designer of the first American flag, it seems there is no evidence to support the claim. While she did sew a lot of flags in her day, the only records to support the claim that she designed the American flag come from her own grandson in 1870, which is almost 100 years after the first flag came to be. Speaking of sewing, check out this trash to treasure sewing station.
The Flag Once Had 15 Stars and 15 Stripes
When Vermont and Kentucky were welcomed into the union as states 14 and 15, a new version of the U.S. flag was created, featuring 15 stars and 15 stripes. But as more states were added, obvious concern arose about continuously having to add more stripes, so the decision was made to revert back to 13 stripes as a representation of the original 13 colonies. The stars, however, continued to grow until they reached 50. Check out the coolest tiny homes in Vermont, Kentucky and every other state.
The Flag That Inspired “The Star Spangled Banner” Still Exists
Flying at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812 was a 15-star, 15-stripe flag that became the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s patriotic anthem. Today, the remaining parts of the flag reside on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. In 2011, a snippet of that flag sold at auction for $38,000. Speaking of history, check out these 50 abandoned houses that would look great if they were restored.
Five of the Six Flags Planted on the Moon May Still be Standing
Images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2012 show that at least five out six flags still stand. However, scientists think decades of brilliant sunlight have bleached out their emblematic colors. The one that’s no longer on the moon is the first one, which was placed there by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission. Love fascinating facts? Check out these facts about how long certain parts of your home should last.