Fun Flag Facts
The first American flag was reportedly made in 1776 by Betsy Ross, a fourth-generation American.
The American flag today has 13 alternate red and white horizontal stripes which signify the first 13 confederate states of the country. There is also a blue square in the top left-hand corner with 50 with stars. These signify the current 50 states.
The white on the American flag stands for purity and innocence, the red for hardiness and valor and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong placed the flag on the moon on July 20, 1969. The Moon is the most remote place in which the American flag is displayed, although it can also be found at the North Pole and on top of Mount Everest.
History of Flag Day
The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’.
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.