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10 Little-Known Facts About the American Flag

On Flag Day, we take a look at the history behind the Stars and Stripes.


The grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery Monday, May 28, 2012, in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb. 6, 2012, in North Carolina.(AP Photo/David Goldman)



Before 1912, the proportions and placements of stars were left up to the flag maker.




Betsy Ross is typically credited, but there is no historical evidence that she was the first flag seamstress.




Stars placed on a blue field were to represent a "new Constellation," according to the 1777 Flag Act.



Only half of the 50 states have laws encouraging students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.



A Wisconsin school teacher named B.J. Cigrand was one of the first organizers of Flag Day. He orchestrated "flag birthday" celebrations for his students. The idea stuck.



The flag shares its day with the United States Army's celebration of Army Birthday.



Under the United States Code, stars and stripes have specific diameters and length-to-width ratios.



Official flag colors ("White," "Old Glory Red," and "Old Glory Blue") are defined with reference to The Color Association of the United States. The colors are reproducible for cloth only. They cannot be perfectly converted to RGB (screen display) or CMYK (printing).



"Old Glory" was a pet name Captain William Driver gave his personal flag. While in Tennessee during the Civil War, Driver hid his flag in between the seams of a bed quilt. He only revealed "Old Glory" when Union soldiers captured Nashville.


10. This is how you fold the flag.


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