Flag Day is approaching. So, we decided to have some rest from our ordinary holiday traditions and examine Old Glory more closely.
Fascinatng facts about American flag
There are many astonishing facts in the history of the US flag, and some of them are not described in the scientific books. So, let’s uncover the mystery and enjoyable facts about the symbol of our country – the American flag.
- We know Betsy Ross as the primary designer of the American flag. However, there is almost no evidence proving her involvement into creation of the American symbol, except for the words of her grandson. On the contrary, many scientists claim that Francis Hopkinson is the original designer of the flag due to the evidence presented in the journals from the Continental Congress.
- On September 11, 2001, Walmart stores sold nearly 115,000 US flags. This number is almost 18 times bigger than the number of flags sold on the same day in 2000.
- 17-year-old student from Alaska, Robert G. Heft, is well known as the designer of the modern American flag. The young man created the flag for the history project and got only B-. After President Dwight D. Eisenhower congratulated Robert with the victory in the competition, the teacher awarded him with A.
- Despite the unfavorable weather conditions and harsh temperatures on the surface of the Moon, 5 out of 6 American flags are still standing. One of them was blown over during the liftoff of Apollo 11.
- Technically, Flag Day is not viewed as a federal holiday in our country. Furthermore, New York and Pennsylvania do not recognize the occasion as a state holiday. The official observance of Flag Day in New York is held on the second Sunday in June, rather than on June 14.
- Roger Rabbit, the main character of the cartoon “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is depicted in the colors of Old Glory (white fur, red overalls and blue tie). The animation director, Richard Williams, claims that the success of the character was due to the fact that it looked like American flag.
- The US flag received a nickname “Old Glory” after the name of the flag that belonged to the sea captain William Driver. He gave the nickname to the flag after watching it flying on the mast of his ship in 1831.
It is always interesting to find out surprising facts behind the history of the important national artifacts. Share these facts with your neighbors and family during picnics on Flag Day and have fun!