American Flag Facts

Do you know what the colors of the American flag mean? Find out the answer to that and more fun American flag facts.

We all know the American flag has 25 star and 13 red and white stripes, but do you know how old the flag really is, or how many designs there have been throughout history? Here are some unique American flag facts not very many people, so go ahead, impress your friends!

American flag facts

  • The American flag is the 3rd oldest flag in the world – older than the Union Jack of Britain or the tricolor of France.
  • Congress made the American flag design official on June 14, 1777. That day is now known as Flag Day in the United States.
  • The American flag was flown for the first time at Fort Stanwix, which is present Rome, New York.
  • What do the colors of the American flag mean? In a nutshell, red is for valor and zeal. White stands for purity and cleanliness of life. Blue represents loyalty, justice, and truth.
  • The nickname “Old Glory” was first used by Captain William Driver on August 10, 1831.
  • The American flag first flew over foreign territory on the Bahamas on January 28th, 1778 at Fort Nassau.
  • The version of the flag we use today was created by Robert Heft at age 18 for a school assignment. Heft, wanting a higher grade, proposed that his grade be changed from a B- to an A if Congress accepted his flag as the new and current US flag. The flag was officially changed in 1958 and Robert Heft got the grade he wanted.
  • There are currently 6 American flags ‘flying’ on the Moon from missions Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
  • Flying an American flag upside-down is only acceptable in cases of dire emergency. It’s like an SOS signal meaning, “Help Me! It’s an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!”

Giant American Flag

Credit: USA City Link | Wereyouwondering.com | USHistory.org

 

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