Facts About the American Flag

You’ve seen American flags all your life, but here are some things you may not know about them

No doubt about it, the flag of the United States is the most recognizable and important of all the flags flying in our country. About Flags sells a large number of both sewn and printed American flags in all shapes, sizes and styles. Here we want to share some trivia about “Old Glory.”

  • Flag Day (June 14) is so named because it was the day the Continental Congress passed the Flag Act, requiring that the flag be designed with 13 stripes, alternating in red and white, and that a blue background signifying a new constellation would hold 13 stars, one for each colony.
  • A flag at “half mast” means it is raised only halfway up the flag pole. This is done to recognize the death of a notable person or a tragedy.
  • American flags should never touch the ground and be flown only in nice weather, unless they are constructed of a material designed for harsh weather.
  • It is not illegal to burn the U.S. flag. The U.S. Code states that it is, but the Supreme Court has ruled that burning the flag is a protected form of free speech.
  • If you ever see an upside-down flag, it means assistance is needed immediately for some form of emergency.
  • A flag historian is called a vexillologist.
  • The current design of American flags was created in 1958 by a high school student for a class project. He got a B- for his efforts. He asked his teacher if he would get an A if Congress accepted his design. The teacher agreed, and the student, Robert Heft, got his A.

Note that the flag code specifies that when a United States Flag of America is no longer fit for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way. The suggested method is burning.

The American Flags we sell are all MADE IN THE U.S.A.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this trivia about the flag of our great country. If you’re looking for top-quality American Flags, About Flags has them. Stop in and see us, or give us a call at (800) 621-3524.

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