Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Flag Day 2016 Facts: 10 Things To Know About The USA's Star-Spangled Banner


People in the United States celebrate the flag day on the June 14, an official observance in honor of the star-spangled banner that represents the country. 

Over 100 years ago, the US President Woodrow Wilson marked this day as a chance to "rededicate ourselves to the nation," as he wrote in his proclamation. He wished Americans to take Flag Day to leave behind "every thought that is not worthy of our fathers' first vows in independence, liberty and right" and instead "stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself."

If you're stuck at your office desk instead of celebrating in the summer sun, here are 10 facts to share about the American flag, compiled from the History Channel, Mental Floss, ABC News and PBS:


10 Things To Know About The USA's Star-Spangled Banner(Flag Day 2016 Facts):


10. The 27th version of the flag that the U.S. using today and it is always flying at the White House, Fort McHenry and also at the Iwo Jima Memorial Monument.

9. In 1795, the flag had 15 stripes, which represents 15 States.

8. The 50th star was added in 1960 after Hawaii joined the U.S.

7. Vendors often use the Pantone shades 193 C and 281 C for the flag's red and blue.

6. There's no perfect evidence showing that the Betsy Ross designed the first American flag, but she was paid at one point for creating “ships colors.”

5. Some people in the U.S. thinks that a man named Francis Hopkinson helped out with the look of the flag and almost all flags made today were produced in the U.S.

4. The Pledge of Allegiance was penned in 1892. It read, "I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

3. Congress put the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. 

2. 1776 is the year that the U.S. declared independence, at that moment there were about 2.5 million people living in the new world. Now there are about 322 million. 

1. There are five American flags still standing on the moon, but they're all probably bleached white.

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