Courtesy Of The Red White & Blue – Fun Flag Facts
Today is Flag Day in the United States. In true Dr. Sheldon Cooper fashion, the Morning Buzz had a little 'Fun With Flags'. Here are some interesting facts about the American Flag, Old Glory, that might surprise you.
According to WheelsforWishes.org, here are top 10 Fun Interesting Facts about the US Flag:
- The first American flag was sewed by Betsy Ross in May of 1776.
- Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777.
- The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
- The first Flag Day observance was on June 14, 1885, when 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.
- In 1894, the governor of New York directed that the flag be displayed on all public buildings on June 14.
- On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing Flag Day as the anniversary of the Flag Resolution.
- On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress that would designate June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
- When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.
- If dirty or soiled, an American flag may be washed and dry cleaned.
- If a flag touches the ground, it does not have to be destroyed. Instead, just wash it if it’s dirty.