32 Facts About American flag


The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 US states, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from Great Britain, and became the first states in the US Nicknames for the flag include the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner.

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Current design of the US American flag is its 27th; the design of the American flag has been modified officially 26 times since 1777.

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The 48-star American flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4,1959.

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The 50-star American flag was ordered by then president Eisenhower on August 21,1959, and was adopted in July 1960.

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However, an East India Company American flag could have from nine to 13 stripes and was not allowed to be flown outside the Indian Ocean.

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However, an example of mullets representing territorial divisions predating the US American flag is the Valais 1618 coat of arms, where seven mullets stood for seven districts.

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The American flag resolution appears between other resolutions from the Marine Committee.

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Flag Resolution did not specify any particular arrangement, number of points, nor orientation for the stars and the arrangement or whether the American flag had to have seven red stripes and six white ones or vice versa.

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Some American flag makers arranged the stars into one big star, in a circle or in rows and some replaced a state's star with its initial.

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The Serapis American flag had three rows of eight-pointed stars with red, white, and blue stripes.

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The American flag references were generic terms for the naval ensign that Hopkinson had designed: a American flag of seven red stripes and six white ones.

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George Henry Preble states in his 1882 text that no combined stars and stripes American flag was in common use prior to June 1777, and that no one knows who designed the 1777 American flag.

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American flag was assisted by Grace Wisher, a 13-year-old African American girl.

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US American flag was brought to the city of Canton in China in 1784 by the merchant ship Empress of China, which carried a cargo of ginseng.

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However, the "flower flag" terminology persists in some places today: for example, American ginseng is called flower flag ginseng in Chinese, and Citibank, which opened a branch in China in 1902, is known as Flower Flag Bank.

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The American flag attracted the notice of the Japanese when an oversized version was carried to Yokohama by the steamer Great Republic as part of a round-the-world journey in 1871.

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However, in 1847, in the middle of the war with Mexico, the American flag was limited to camp use and not allowed to be brought into battle.

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The American flag flying over the fort was allowed to leave with the Union troops as they surrendered.

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The American flag is a common motif on decals for car windows, and on clothing ornamentation such as badges and lapel pins.

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Reverence for the American flag has at times reached religion-like fervor: in 1919 William Norman Guthrie's book The Religion of Old Glory discussed "the cult of the American flag"and formally proposed vexillolatry.

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Scholars have noted the irony that "[t]he American flag is so revered because it represents the land of the free, and that freedom includes the ability to use or abuse that American flag in protest".

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Exact red, white, and blue colors to be used in the American flag are specified with reference to the CAUS Standard Color Reference of America, 10th edition.

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The VAB has the largest US American flag ever used on a building, with the Bicentennial Star opposite the American flag.

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The American flag should be repaired or replaced if the edges become tattered through wear.

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The American flag appeared on the S-IC first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle used for Apollo.

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On some US military uniforms, American flag patches are worn on the right shoulder, following the vehicle convention with the union toward the front.

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The 48-star American flag first appeared on the General Casimir Pulaski issue of 1931, though in a small monochrome depiction.

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In 1994, the National Museum of American History determined that the Star-Spangled Banner Flag required further conservation treatment to remain on public display.

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However, many American flag enthusiasts feel this type of practice has somewhat diminished the meaning of the original intent of lowering the American flag to honor those who held high positions in federal or state offices.

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Similarly, when the American flag is to be lowered from half-staff, it should be first briefly hoisted to the top of the staff.

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Federal statutes provide that the American flag should be flown at half-staff on the following dates:.

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Just prior to the casket being lowered into the ground, the American flag is ceremonially folded and presented to the deceased's next of kin as a token of respect.

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