Flag Day Facts
Today is Flag Day. Do you know who created Flag Day? Do you know where the flag is never raised, never lowered and never saluted? How much do you know about the stars and stripes?
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Though it’s not a Federal holiday, it was made an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
There are 13 red and white stripes on the flag to represent the 13 original colonies. The colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. They were the first to declare their independence from the United Kingdom and become the first United States.
Betsy Ross did not make the first flag, contrary to popular belief. It was her grandson that started that rumor. Though, she did work in the upholstery business and repaired uniforms, there is no historical evidence supporting the claim.
Did you know that improper display of the flag is considered abuse? According to the United States Flag Code, the flag should not be used as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.
Did you know that China makes and exports millions of dollars worth of American flags every year? Did you know that there is no Federal law that prohibits the sale of foreign made flags? There is, however a law in Minnesota that says all American flags sold in Minnesota must be made in the United States.
July 16, 1969 astronauts Buzz Alderin and Neil Armstrong placed the American flag on the moon. The flag was made from nylon, just like many of the flags that we fly at our businesses and homes. The flag on the moon is never raised, never lowered and never saluted.
Speaking of saluting the flag, it was not as popular during World War II as it is now. The salute looked very close to the Nazi salute, so it fell out of favor. Many Americans instead placed their hand over their heart which is what a lot of us still do today.