Flag Day 2015 – Fun American Flag Facts Infographic

Flag Day 2015 Will Be Celebrated in US on June 14

Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States. US national flag is the third oldest national flag in the world. (Only Denmark and Austria have adopted their current national flags earlier). It’s even older than the official flags of UK or France. We have tried to comply the most interesting flag day facts and american flag trivia. Take a look at our flag day 2015 infographic – we hope you find it both educational and fun. Share it on your own resources, and don’t forget to link back to us!

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A Look Back – History of Flag Day

1777, June 14th –  a thirteen Star Flag became the first official United States flag. Thirteen horizontal red and white stripes represent the original colonies of the U.S.

15 stars and 15 stripes had the new version of the flag, created upon welcoming Vermont and Kentucky—states 14 and 15—into the union. In time, as new states continued to be added to the union, it was decided to revert to 13 to represent the original 13 colonies.

1892 – A Baptist minister- Francis Bellamy-  wrote the original The Pledge of Allegiance for the American Flag.

1894 – A Wisconsin school teacher B.J. Cigrand was one of the first organizers of Flag Day. He orchestrated “flag birthday” celebrations for his students.

1912 – Proportions and placements of stars on the flag were officially finalized. Before, the proportions were left up to the flag maker.

1916, May 30th – Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson.

1949, August 3rd- President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

1960 – Last star (state) was added to the current design (the 27th version) of the American Flag, represents the state of Hawaii.

1969, July 20th – Neil Armstrong planted the American flag on the Moon during the first moon landing.

2011 – A snippet of the 15-star, 15-bar flag from 1812 sold at an auction for $38,000. The rest of the flag you can see on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

US Flag Day Number Facts – Flag Day Trivia

  • Three strings of wampum – Payment commissioned for finalization of adoption of the first flag by Thomas Green, when he asked the Congress for the protection of the official flag.
  • 27 – twenty seven official versions of the US flag have been created,  each with a different amount of stars.
  • 17 years old – was the age of Robert G. Heft, who designed  a 50-star flag, when Alaska and Hawaii became states 49 and 50. This version is still used today. Robert got a B- on his design project by teacher.
  • 25 states – Only  half of the 50 states have laws encouraging students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.

Flag Day 2015 – American Flag Proportions

Under the United States Code, stars and stripes have specific diameters and length-to-width ratios.

  • 1:5 – The ratio  1:5 means that the flag is supposed to be 1 unit tall (the ‘Fly’ is the name for the length) for every 5 units wide (the ‘Hoist’ is the name for the width)
  • 0.0769  – The width of stripe should be 0.0769 (One thirteenth of the flag width)
  • 0.0616 – The diameter of stars should be 0.0616

American Flag Day – Federal Flag Code and Etiquette

In 1942 President Theodore Roosevelt approved the Federal Flag Code.

  • US flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor or water
  • US flags should never be used for advertising purposes
  • When flags are tattered or worn they are destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
  • The method of folding US Flags requires 13 folds, each of which has been unofficially ascribed a highly significant and patriotic meaning.

Flag Day 2015 – More Flag Day Trivia

  • Official flag colors (“White,” “Old Glory Red,” and “Old Glory Blue”) are defined with reference to The Color Association of the United States.
  • “Old Glory” was a name given to his personal American Flag by Captain William Driver, a soldier in Tennessee during the Civil War. Driver hid his flag in between the seams of a bed quilt. “Old Glory” was relieved when the Union army entered Nashville.
  • Betsy Ross is usually credited with actually sowing the first flag, but there is no historical evidence that she was the first flag seamstress.
  • The world’s largest American Flag is measured 505 feet (153.9m) x 225 feet (68.58m) and weighs 3,000 pounds (1,361 Kg). It was made in Pennsylvania.

Popularity of the American Flag – American Flag Facts

Walmart sold around 115,000 American flags on September 11, 2001, (in comparison, September 11, 2000 – 6,400 flags were sold). During the period of 11/09/2001 – 19/08/2002 7.8 million American flags have been sold. In comparison, the previous year, 11/09/ 2000 -19/08/ 2001 – sold only 2.5 million American flags were sold in Walmart in US.

According to the political values survey conducted by the Pew Research Center 62% of Americans say they display the flag at home, in the office, or on their car. In addition, 73% of Republicans say they display the flag at home, work, or on their car; this compares with 63% of independents and 55% of Democrats.

History of Flag Day – Flag Day Quotes

“Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” ~ John Adams.

“We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.”  ~ George Washington.

Sources: 1) http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/10-little-known-facts-about-the-american-flag-20120614; 2) http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagfact.html; 3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Acts_(United_States)

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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