Happy Flag Day! Did you know that our flag is 242 years old?! Its so crazy to think that our country adopted our flag allllll the way back in 1776. But that's not all! We found 10 really cool facts about Flag Day that we want to share with you! Buckle up, we're about to take a tour through history!
- In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson is recorded as officially setting June 14, as Flag Day. Even with Wilson’s act, on a federal level the holiday was not passed by Congress.
- The design of the American Flag was not made "official" until 1912. At that time, a governmental order adopted the current design.
- Historically, the story that Betsy Ross created the first flag has been passed down through the generations. However, it is actually believed that a United States Congressman named Francis Hopkinson created the first flag.
- Believe it or not, since it's original design, our American flag has been changed a total of 27 times!
- We all know the phrase, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." by Neil Armstrong when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But did you know that there are a total of six American flags located on the moon? Apollo crews 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 all proudly planted flags on the moon!
- Flag Day is also the same day as the birthday of the United States Army.
- The largest Flag Day parade is held in Troy, New York. It is estimated the approximately 50,000 people attend this parade each year. Talk about American pride!
- Despite the rule of raising the American flag at sunrise and lowering it as sunset, it is flown 24 hours at several locations, which is done by law or by presidential proclamation.
- Do you know what the colors of the flag stand for? The red stands for valor and hardiness. Blue stands for justice, perseverance, and vigilance. White stands for innocence and purity.
- Have you ever heard the phrase, "old glory" when referring to the flag? It might surprise you to find out that this term was first used by Ship-master Captain William Driver in 1831, after being given a flag by his friends as a gift.
Thanks so much for joining us today! If you have a moment, we invited you to check out our FREE lesson plan for our Waving Flag Bulletin Board. While school may be out for you, this lesson plan is perfect for ANY U.S. holiday with our flag, like Memorial Day, President's Day and Veteran's Day, just to name a few that happen during the school year. Check back later this week for some more fun blogs!