Many Americans do not even suspect that the history of the US flag includes many entertaining facts. Prepare to find out an astonishing reality of one of the most prominent symbols of our country.
- New American Colony and Its Star
The first version of the US flag that saw the world in 1777 depicted 13 stripes and 13 stars (each representing a separate American colony). From 1795 to 1818, two more stars and stripes were added symbolizing Vermont and Kentucky. Since then, the number of colonies started to increase. Thus, lawmakers decided to add only stars to the flag being worried that new stripes will overcrowd the image of the flag.
- Meaning of the Colors
Scholars still do not know why blue, red, and white colors are used on the US flag. On the contrary, another US symbol that was created two years after the flag, the Great Seal, is depicted in the same colors. Thus, historians explain the choice of colors using the words of Charles Thomson:
“White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the colour of the Chief, signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
- Flag’s Exposition During Daytime and Nighttime
US Federal flag laws and regulations claim that the flag must be exposed from sunrise to sunset (with the exception of unfavorable weather conditions). Quite the contrary, there are places where one can witness American flag 24 hours per day, for example, the White House, United States customs ports of entry, Flag House Square, etc.
- Designer of the Modern Flag
In 1958, Robert G. Heft, an American student, designed American flag as we know it today. Despite the fact that President Dwight D. Eisenhower awarded Robert for the best design of the flag, the student received only B- for his project at school.
- American Flag in Outer Space
Within the scope of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, the American flag appeared on the surface of the Moon. Next Apollo missions brought new US flags on the lunar surface.
The histories of many US symbols are rich on amazing facts, and the origin of the American flag is not an exception. Surprise your history teacher with your knowledge of these facts and get a better grade!