5 Interesting Facts About The American Flag That Every American Should Know

5 Interesting Facts About The American Flag That Every American Should Know

The American Flag symbolizes the history of our country. It makes us feel proud and patriotic.

As Americans who take pride in our country and its great accomplishments, we need to understand the history of our beautiful flag. Though it plays a huge role in our culture, not many of us know the facts that gave birth to it. So, here are some cool things about the United States flag that every American should know:

1. It was designed by a high school student

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This fact may sound surprising to many of you. But, it's true. According to the Vintage News, the current flag that we rise to was designed by Robert Heft from Ohio and is the longest-running design for the United States flag in history. The flag was made as part of a history project when Heft was a junior in high school. He modified the old flag that consisted of 48 stars to create one with 50 stars considering Hawaii and Alaska were soon-to-become states. However, his teacher was not very impressed and gave him a B-. Heft was not satisfied with the grade. He argued his changes in design were meant to keep the old design as it is by including the two new stars that referred to new states. His teacher told him, he would change his grade if the congress accepted his flag.

The teenager took it up as a challenge and spent two years trying to reach out to his state representative. Soon, his 50-star design was selected by President Eisenhower among 1000 other entries. On July 4, 1960, Heft got to go to Washington and see his design become the new flag.

2. There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing

The Star-Spangled Banner is on the moon too. Now that is surely a matter of pride. According to azcentral, cameras attached to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showed the presence of five American flags on the moon. They were left by the astronauts from the Apollo missions during the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, the flag placed by Neil Armstrong marking the landing of the first human on the moon did not appear in any photographs. It is believed that the flag might have fallen off on the ground. The orbiter cameras are only equipped to capture the shadows of the flags around the pole.

3. The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960

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The United States was founded in 1776. Since then, 27 different versions of the flag have been adopted each featuring the stars and the stripes. The change was mainly done to accommodate the addition of the various states over the years. Out of the 27 flags, nine of them were used only for a year. After the addition of the new star to the flag to represent Hawaii in 1960, no changes were made according to USA Today.

4. The flag has a sleep-wake schedule

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You might not know but the flag to has a specific schedule that needs to be followed. The Federal flag laws and regulations state that the flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset but not under unpleasant weather, according to Culture Trip. However, you can display the flag at night if you are illuminating it well.

5. The flag has 13 stripes now but it had 15 stripes for 23 years 

According to Business Insider, the American flag only had one strip and one star until 1795. As new states began to be added, the flags were redesigned with additional stripes and stars. So, the 15 star and stripes flag came into existence in 1795 and remained the same till 1818. However, when the country expanded, the designers realized it adding more stripes was not practical. They immediately dropped the strip count back to 13 and chose to only add stars.