Published: Jan 12, 2014 | Category: Thinking
As Americans, how much do you know about the national flag of the United States of America? Since Flag Day is coming up, letâ€™s talk about what the American flag symbolizes. First off, the American flag consists of 3 colors: red, white, and blue. It has 13 horizontal strips of red alternating with white that symbolizes the 13 British colonies that declared independence from the Great Britain. The American flag has 50 stars to symbolize each of the 50 states in the US. The 3 colors of the American flag are no coincidence, they each serve a symbolic importance to the overall flag. Red stands for bravery and sacrifice, white stands for purity and peace, and lastly white stands for perseverance and justice. Here are some facts you may or may not know about the American flag:
1).Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year old teacher from Wisconsin proposed the idea of Flag Day.
2).The American flag is third oldest original flag that is still in use today.
3).There are 6 American Flags on the moon.
4).The American flag has the same birthday as the US Army.
5).President Truman made Flag Day official in the United States.
6).Flag Day was introduced on June 14, 1777.
7).President Monroe signed an act to reduce the amount of stripes to 13 and add one star for each of the states in the United States.
8).Francis Hopkins from New Jersey is the person who designed the American flag.
9).There is no evidence that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag.
10).The current version of the flag was designed and approved after Hawaii was added as the 50th state of the United States.
11).The current American flag was raised for the first time at 12:01am on July 4, 1960 in Maryland.