Interesting Facts about the American Flag

The flag of any country inspires patriotic feelings. Flags are not just pieces of cloth flying the breeze when they are hoisted on special occasions. They are designed very carefully and each element of the flag h some meaning and reason. The American flag is fondly referred to as the Star Spangled banner, the Old Glory or the Stars and Stripes. It is the national symbol of the United States and is representative of the American spirit. It stands for the glorious history of America.

Some Unknown Facts about the American Flag:-

•    The flag of the United States has 13 equal red horizontal stripes alternating with white ones. The 13 stripes represent the 13 colonies that rebelled against the British rule.

•    A blue rectangle occupies the top left half of the flag.

•    This flag contains 50 white stars that are five pointed. The stars are arranged in nine horizontal rows. Rows containing 6 stars alternate with rows containing 5 stars. The stars represent the 50 states that comprise the United States of America.

•    The flag symbolizes the promise of the American government to the citizens the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

•    The Declaration of Independence sets out the principles of individual and personal liberty and the American flag is a reminder of the same.

•    There is no official explanation for the colours used in the flag, but it is generally accepted that white stands for purity and innocence, blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice and red for valour.

•    The flag is also generally accepted to be designed by an eighteen year old schoolboy.

•    There are norms for flying the flag. The flag is flown all year round atop public buildings. On private buildings, the flag is flown only on certain days like Memorial Day, President’s day and Independence Day.

•    Smaller flags are flown on the graves of US war veterans on Memorial Day.

•    The American flag also flies on the moon where it was first put by the American astronauts who landed there.

•    The White House, the Pentagon, and the Washington Monument are some of the buildings that fly the flag continuously.

•    On certain days, the flag is flown at half mast as a sign of respect – on Memorial Day, on Patriot Day and on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is also flown at half mast for thirty days after the passing away of a President. This is reduced to 10 days in the case of death of a Vice President, Chief Justice or Member of the Cabinet.

There are more rules governing the display of the flag – it should never dip to any person, it should never touch the ground, it can be flown in the night only when it is illuminated, damaged flags should either be repaired or destroyed with respect. The flag therefore has a great deal of symbolism attached to it and Americans look up to it in admiration and awe.

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