On June 14th, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act stating that,
“The flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that June 14th was to be “Flag Day” in order to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States. In honor of the 235th Flag Day, we have collected some interesting facts about the American Flag:
Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor
White symbolizes Purity and Innocence
Blue symbolizes Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice.
The U.S. Flag has been modified 26 times since its adoption in 1777.
The current 50 star flag, created in 1960 has been used the longest. To see all of the changes made to the U.S. flag, watch this animation.
An 18-year-old designed the current 50 star American Flag:
Robert Heft redesigned the American Flag for a school project in 1958. Upon turning it in to his teacher, he received a B-. Heft made a deal with his teacher that if his flag was accepted by Congress, his grade would be changed. In the end, Heft’s design was chosen for the new American Flag, and he received an A.
The Star Spangled Banner was written about a flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes.
The original flag that flew over Fort McHenry is on exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. D.C. The flag is missing one of its stars, which has been cut out. It’s location is still unknown.