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5 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About The American Flag

Did you know that if an American flag gets dirty it can just be washed or dry cleaned? There are a lot of interesting facts about the American flag and in honor of the Fourth of July, here are 5 fun facts you didn't know about our symbol of national pride, The American Flag.

1. The original American flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies of the U.S. When more colonies started joining, they began adding more stripes and stars. However, after 1818, lawmakers decided that it was best to leave the stripes at 13 because they were expecting that more colonies/states would be joining the nation. The stripes on the flag represent the original 13 colonies and the 50 stars represent each state in the U.S.

2. The colors of the flag have important meanings. In 1782, Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson said that, "The white signifies purity and innocence, the red represents hardiness and valor and the blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice". This description is actually about the Great Seal, in which the colors for the seal were taken and adopted from the American Flag. This color justification is also used for the American Flag as well as the seal.

3. Did you know that the American flag should only be out at certain times? Federal law states that the flag should only be displayed from sunrise to sunset. It should not be flown during bad weather and should not be flown at night unless it is properly lit.

4. There's an American flag on the moon! In 1969, the first flag was placed on the moon by Neil Armstrong. This was part of the Apollo 11 mission. There were five more moon landings after that and a flag was planted on each of those missions as well. There are a total of 6 flags on the moon and the United States is the only country in the world to land men on the surface of the moon.

5. If the flag touches the ground, it does NOT need to be burned. It can simply be washed and dry cleaned if it's dirty. The flag should be destroyed in an honorable manner, such as burning, only if it can no longer be repaired or used.

Many Americans take pride in knowing fun facts about the American flag. Share this with someone you know to help them show their American pride!

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