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June 14th is National Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the American Flag in 1777 by the Continental Congress.  We all well know that Betsy Ross sewed the Flag and that it had 13 stars and 13 stripes, representing the number of colonial states. Here are 10 things you might not know about Old Glory-

1- The 3 colors in the Flag are there for a reason- White represents Purity, Red is for Valor and the Blue is for Justice.

2- 95% of U.S. flags are manufactured in the United States. We think this should be 100%

3- The first recorded Flag Day observance occured on June 14, 1885 when school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand placed a 38 star Flag in a bottle on his desk. No word on whether this was a Bottle of Bourbon, but we believe so.

4- Flag Day was designated as a day of celebration officially by Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Up until then, it had been an organic, community-driven affair.

5- There are 6 U.S. Flags planted on the moon. Sadly, only 5 of them are still standing- sorry Neil Armstrong.

6- The nickname "Old Glory" was coined by Massachusetts shipmaster William Driver. 

7- While it is believed that Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag, legend has it that she took some design liberties, changing the 6-point Stars to the now-famous 5-point since they were easier to sew

8- A Flag should be well-cared for. However, the rumors about when to destroy one aren't totally true- here goes-

  • When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.If dirty or soiled, an American flag may be washed and dry cleaned.

  • If a flag touches the ground, it does not have to be destroyed. Instead, just wash it if it’s dirty.\

9- Old Glory should only be displayed outdoors between Sunrise and Sunset. There are exceptions, where the Flag is flown 24 hours a day, including The White House, Fort McHenry, Valley Forge, Iwo Jima Memorial, and U.S. International Airports (that's right, customs works 24 hours a day)

10-"Oh Say Can you See…." was penned in homage to the U.S. Flag by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814 after witnessing the Bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore and the surviving flag still standing the next morning.

Happy Flag Day!

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