Hey moms and dads! Distance learning can be tough so we compiled a fun lesson about the American flag just for your kiddos.
Did you know America once belonged to Great Britain? The founding fathers fought for freedom in the Revolutionary War, (we won!) earning the freedom to govern ourselves.
It's thought that the original American flag was designed by New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkins and was probably sewn by Betsy Ross of Philadelphia.
There were many flags before one was approved by the Continental Congress in 1777. It had 13 stripes representing each colony and 13 stars in a circle. It's changed over the years each time a new star is added when a new state is added, like Alaska in 1959. The flag has several names like "Stars and Stripes," "Star-Spangled Banner" or "Old Glory."
Our flag is an important symbol of our independence and continued freedom so there are rules to treat it with respect. These rules include not dragging it on the ground, not letting it fly in bad weather, and not using it for decoration. When a tragedy happens in America, American flags around the country are lowered to half-staff as a sign of reverence.
The American flag is popular around the world and nearly 150 million are sold each year! There are dozens of special days to fly the American flag including Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Patriot Day, Flag Day, and President's Day.
If your kids are interested in flags, stop by Elmer's Flag and Banner to see our selection of American-made flags in our Covid-safe store…and may your distance learning journey be pleasant!
Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too
1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232