Flag Day Facts

June 14, 2014 marks the 65th anniversary of Flag Day. WFMY News 2 has compiled a list of facts about Flag Day.

Information compiled from The Smithsonian and History Channel:

1. President Harry S. Truman signed the legislation that made June 14 Flag Day in 1949.

2. Flag Day must be declared by the US President every year. Obama proclaimed this year's Flag Day and Week on June 7.

3. There is no historical evidence that Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag.

4. The flag shares its birthday with the U.S. Army. The Army is two years older than the flag and was created in 1775.

5. Vexillology is the Study of Flags.

6. The colors red, white and blue had no specific meaning at the time the flag was created. In 1782 they were given the following meanings: valor (red), liberty and purity (white) and justice and loyalty (blue).

7. There are specifications for the colors of the flag. In the Pantone system they are: Blue PMS 281 and Red PMS 193.

8. The blue rectangle at the top left corner of the American Flag is called the Canton.

9. Since there is no air or breeze on the moon, the flag there is attached to a horizontal pole to give the appearance that it is flying.

10. A 17-year-old high school student designed the 50 star, 13 stripe flag that the United States uses now.

11. Oregon's state flag differs on its front and back side. On the front it shows the state seal and the back a beaver.

12. The Official Salute to the North Carolina flag was adopted by the General Assembly in 2007. It is: "I salute the flag of North Carolina and pledge to the Old North State love, loyalty and faith"

13. The dates on the NC flag represent the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves; both documents that place our state at the forefront of the American Independence.

14. The correct term for the flag pole is "staff". The "hoist" is the edge of the flag closest to the staff and the "fly" is the edge that is away from the staff.

15. If an American Flag is dirty, it is acceptable to wash or clean it. Only if a flag is "beyond repair" should it be "destroyed in a dignified manner," such as burning.

16. A star representing North Carolina has appeared on every version of the flag since its creation in 1777.

17. 95% of American flags are manufactured in the United States.


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