OLD GLORY

Another name for the American Flag is Old Glory.  Old Glory is actually a specific flag made in 1824 for Captain William Driver.  Old Glory was made with 24 stars and 13 red and white stripes representing the original 13 colonies.  Old Glory traveled with Captain Driver on his ship and circled the globe twice before retiring with him to Nashville.  When the Civil War began in Tennessee, Old Glory was sewn inside a quilt and it stayed hidden until 1862.  Old Glory never flew again, but it now lives in the Smithsonian.

The current version of the US flag was designed by an 18 year old high school student, who only received a “B-“ for his efforts.  Robert Heft, challenged her teacher that a design proposal accepted by Congress would deserve an “A”.  The teacher did change Heft’s grade to an “A”, and by presidential proclamation his design was officially adopted as the nation’s flag in 1958.

6 US flags are currently stationed on the moon.  They were put there by Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.  Other countries who have/had flags on the moon include, the Soviet Union, EU and India.

When folded properly, the US flag is shaped like a triangle with only the stars showing. If you have exacting standards, it usually takes 13 folds: the same number of original colonies.

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