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A Grand Old Flag: Origins of the Modern US Flag

A Grand Old Flag Origins of the Modern US Flag Fireworks, stars & stripes, cookouts and time with family and friends it's how the majority of Americans typically celebrate their Independence Day on the 4th of July. The American flag is the star of the day and it's on napkins, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and party cups, and the flag comes in all sorts of sizes. But despite all of the celebration surrounding this holiday, you are missing out on the fantastic meaty facts about the history and origin of the modern American flag design. $3.2 million (2010) Dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.8 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. $486,026 Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth. $302.7 million Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation's manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data. The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal. Betsy Ross took over the family upholstering business after her husband's death in 1776. According to legend, George Washington a to design and make a flag for the new nation. Ross The first unofficial flag of the United States was hoisted at Prospect Hill in Charlestown in Massachusetts on January 1, 1776, and was called the Continental Colours. Since 1818 and a Congressional mandate, the American flag has 13 stripes, alternating red and white, in honor of the 13 original colonies and one white star for each state in a field of blue. There have been 27 official versions of the US flag, each with a different amount of stars. Some unique versions of the flag: 26-star “star" flag 33-star Ft. Sumter flag 38-star concentric creation The flag that flew at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812, immortalized in Francis Scott Key's tune, is one of the few remaining specimens of a 15-star, 15-bar flag. 15-star, 15-bar flag Fun Fact: The melody for "The Star-Spangled Banner" was taken from "To Anacreon in Heaven," a drinking song of a London society. When Alaska and Hawaii became states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag. The 50-star flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old student at Lancaster (Ohio) High, created his design for a class project. He was one of three to submit the version that was accepted and remains in use today. Fun Fact: Robert got a B- on his project. THE CURRENT 50-STAR FLAG IS THE FIRST FLAG TO HAVE LASTED 50 YEARS WITHOUT A DESIGN CHANGE. Sources ZILLION DESIGNS

A Grand Old Flag: Origins of the Modern US Flag

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If you like trivia, or knowledge in general about the history of the United States, read through this infographic! You'll come away with more knowledge about the grand old flag than everyone else in...


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