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10 Fun Facts About Our Flag

Flag Day, celebrated on June 14, is the perfect time to get out your flags and show your American pride! In honor of Flag Day, here is a list of 10 fun facts about the American flag and the history of Flag Day. After you read these fun facts, check out 10 myths about the American flag too!

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1. Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777.

2. For a while, the U.S. added stripes and stars to the flag when welcoming new states.

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At one point, the flag has 15 stripes and 15 stars. As the country continued to add new states, they decided to go back to the 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies.

3. The colors of the flag have important meanings.

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Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.

4. The first Flag Day observance was on June 14, 1885.

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19-year-old school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand placed a 38-inch star flag in a bottle on his desk. He assigned essays about the flag and its significance. That is how Flag Day got its start.

5. In 1894, the governor of New York directed that the flag be displayed on all public buildings on June 14.

6. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing Flag Day as the anniversary of the Flag Resolution.

7. On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress that would designate June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

8. When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.

9. If dirty or soiled, an American flag may be washed and dry cleaned.

10. If a flag touches the ground, it does not have to be destroyed. Instead, just wash it if it’s dirty.

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