Did you know there have been 27 official versions of the American flag? The first from 1777 had 13 stripes and 13 stars which is vastly different from our current version with 13 stripes and 50 stars that has been used for 64 years, making it the longest lived American flag.
The colors of the flag were carefully chosen with aesthetics in mind: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white represents purity and innocence, and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
The current star design was created by a 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio who was trying to get an "A" in his history class. It was selected by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 from over 1,500 submissions. (Yes, Bobby got his "A"!)
Six American flags have been flown on the moon. Neil Armstrong placed the first flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Subsequent Apollo missions 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 all brought and planted the Stars and Stripes on the moon's surface. Five are still standing.
New Jersey delegate Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the first American flag. It was first flown after official adoption on Aug. 3, 1777, in Rome, New York.
95% of all US flags are made in the USA! Hooray! And every US flag sold at Elmer's Flag and Banner is made in the USA, and always will be.
Did you know that we LOVE flags and flag trivia at Elmer's Flag and Banner? Stop by today and share your favorite flag knowledge with us!
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