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Let’s Get Patriotic This National Flag Day

Let’s Get Patriotic This National Flag Day

Join us as we learn about these interesting, fun facts this Flag Day.

Every year, National Flag Day falls on June 14th to commemorate when the Second Continental Congress adopted the United States flag on June 14, 1777.  Flag Day was officially declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and in 1946 it was Established by an Act of Congress.  While Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, during the week of Flag Day all government buildings will have a flag on display and many people will join the celebration by hanging flags in front of their homes.

In honor of this Flag Day, let’s all enjoy these fun facts about the United States flag.

1) The colors on the American flag are symbolic.  The red stands for valor and hardiness; blue stands for justice, perseverance, and vigilance; and the white stands for innocence and purity.

2) People sometimes refer to the U.S. flag as “Old Glory.”  The nickname was first used in 1831 by a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts named Captain William Driver.  According to the story he came up with the name after being gifted a flag by his friends.

3) Before settling on the stars and stripes pattern we know and love today, the design of the American flag changed 27 times.

4) There are rules for correctly displaying the American flag.  To start, the flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset—if displayed at night then it must be illuminated.  The flag should never touch the ground.  When displayed on a window or a wall, the blue field should be in the upper left-hand corner.  The flag should be raised quickly but should be lowered ceremoniously.

5) Despite the rule of displaying the flag from sunrise to sunset, there are some locations that fly the flag for 24-hours a day as dictated by law or presidential proclamation.

6) There are six American flags on the moon placed there by Apollo crews 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.

7) Flag Day is also the birthday of the United States Army.

8) The oldest Flag Day parade in America takes place in Fairfield, Washington.  The parade has been held every year (except for 1918) since 1909.

9) The largest Flag Day parade takes place in Troy, New York where an estimated 50,000 attend each year.  Other notably large parades take place in Quincy, Massachusetts and Three Oaks, Michigan.

10) On the second Sunday in June, the National Flag Day Foundation holds their Flag Day ceremonies including a ceremonial flag raising, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, a performance of the National Anthem, a parade, and other celebratory activities.

Join us at  The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate this Flag Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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