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Suggested reading brought to you by Elmer's Flag and Banner: Five myths about the American flag: debunked

Everyone loves a good story, but what is true about Old Glory? Test your myth busting skills:

(Image is Clickable Link) Elmer's Flag & Banner is Portland's leading flag store.

Myth 1: It's illegal to burn the American flag.

False. The Supreme Court ruled in the landmark 1989 case Texas v. Johnson that desecrating the American flag is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

Myth 2: A flag that touched the ground must be destroyed.

False. The Flag Code is just that, a code of etiquette to follow. Flags should only be destroyed when they are in irreparable condition. Moreover, if it is unfit for display, burning is the preferred method.

Myth 3: There was only one original flag with 13 stars and stripes.

False. Originally flags were used by the American Navy and before June 1777, when the Continental Congress approved the first American flag, there were numerous flags in America; some even had the Union Jack on them.

Myth 4: Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.

Say it ain't so! Historians are torn on this issue. The Rosses did have an upholstery shop, and Betsy did sew flags, and it's likely she sewed the first American flag, but there is no hard evidence. Regardless, Betsy Ross is a part of America's folklore.

Myth 5: The American flag should not be flown at night.

False. You may have heard the term from "sunrise to sunset" regarding flying Old Glory, but if it is illuminated throughout the night, the American flag can fly anytime.

Elmer's Flag and Banner is now open to serve you. Stop by today to shop Portland's largest selection of American-made flags.

Since 1963, Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! has been Portland's premier flag store with over 4,000 square-feet of flag selections.

Elmer's Flag and Banner

1332 N.E. Broadway, Portland

503-282-1214

www.elmersflag.com

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