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US flag in the sky fluttering in the wind

June 14th is National Flag Day! Since it’s inception over 200 years ago, the United States flag has acquired many nicknames such as Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, and the Star-Spangled Banner. If you have ever wondered how Flag Day came to be, who created the 50-star pattern, and how the flag should be displayed … we salute you! Here are 5 things you may not know about Flag Day and the American flag.

  1. The idea for an annual Flag Day was advocated by a school teacher. Back in 1885, grade school teacher Bernard J. CiGrand asked the students in his one-room schoolhouse at Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisconsin to write an essay about what the United States flag meant to them. As you can tell, Mr. CiGrand was very patriotic! He was passionate about making Flag Day a national holiday and spoke around the country promoting patriotism, respect for the flag, and the need for the annual observance of a Flag Day on June 14. Why June 14? Because that’s the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the American flag. In 1949 President Harry S. Truman signed the legislation and June 14th was properly designated as National Flag Day.
  2. Only one state celebrates Flag Day as a state holiday. Since 1937, Pennsylvania is the only state to establish June 14 as a state holiday for Flag Day. After all, that is where the flag was born. 
  3. The 50-star pattern was created by a high school student. Over the course of time, the design of the American flag has changed 27 times. When Alaska and Hawaii became states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag since the number of stars needed to match the number of states. Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old student at Lancaster (Ohio) High, submitted the design he created for his history class project. This version of the flag remains in use today. 
  4. Military uniforms wear the flag backward. According to The Institute of Heraldry, flag patches on military uniforms located on the right shoulder should be worn with the star field always facing front. When a service member marches or walks forward, they assume the position of a flagpole, with the flag sewn on their uniform meant to resemble a flag blowing in the wind.
  5. There are specific rules for the display of the flag. They include: 1) display the flag from sunrise to sunset - if displayed at night it should be illuminated; 2) the flag should never touch the floor or the ground; 3) the blue field should be in the upper left-hand corner when displayed on a window or wall; 4) when flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, the United States flag must be at the top.

Do you know a fun fact about Flag Day or the American flag? Share it in the comments section below.

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  • MICHAEL PHILLIPS | Jun 16th 2019 @ 4:57 PM


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