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What you might not know about the American Flag

There is a designated name of the flag

The flag is correctly referred to as the ‘flag of the United States of America’. Any other name including ‘the American flag’ or “Old Glory” is a nickname.

Speaking of “Old Glory”

The name “Old Glory” was given to our flag August 10, 1831, by Captain William Driver of the brig Charles Doggett.

 

The current version is the 27th

The flag has changed over the years to represent the number of states that constitute America. However, there is an exceptional flag that had fifteen stripes. Probably the designers just realized that adding the stripes wouldn’t just work.

The flag has standardized rules

Some states had rearranged the stars out of the grid in an attempt to standardize the flag. President Taft introduced delimited proportions and standardization guidelines. One of the rules stated that all the stars had to be arranged with one point facing up.

The First Flag to Last Over 50 Years

The last version of the U.S. flag was updated as far back as 1959 when the state of Hawaii joined the United States of America. Thus at the moment, the current version is the longest version of the flag.

The current version was adopted for use officially in 1960 and has lasted for over 50 years – the only design of the U.S. flag to have survived that long.

 

The American flag is folded thirteen times

The flag is folded thirteen times to represents the initial 13 colonies. Each fold has a meaning and it is greatly honored by the military.

The First Flag Day

The flag was first authorized by Congress June 14, 1777. This date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America.

There are very specific colors used to create the flag.

It’s the Textile Color Card Association of the United States (TCCA) that creates the palate of colors used for both private and public institutions, and the U.S. Army that issues a reference guide of acceptable shades to be used in local, state and national flags. So if you’re trying to produce a truly authentic American flag, you’ll need to use the exact shades of white, “Old Glory Red” and “Old Glory Blue,” specified in the guide. However, mass-market flag manufacturers have been known to fudge a bit and use the more-easily processed Pantone Matching Shades of Dark Red (193 C) and Navy Blue (281 C).

 

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