Flag Day is observed across the United States every year on June 14th. This observance is to commemorate the adoption of the American flag as the official flag of the United States. The first American flag is said to have been designed and hand-sewn by Betsy Ross during the time of the American Revolution. That first flag, known as the Betsy Ross flag, had 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 white stars to represent the original 13 colonies. Our flag today still has the 13 alternating red and white stripes to represent the original colonies and 50 white stars to represent the 50 States that make up the United States of America. Did you know that there are rules for how to display the American Flag? Here are a few rules to follow:
- The flag should be flown during daylight and when it is not raining.
- The flag should never be flown upside down.
- The flag should not be used for advertising.
- When lowered to be put away, no part of the flag should touch the ground, it should be received by waiting hands and arms, and folded in a ceremoniously way.
- The flag should be cleaned and mended.
You can take a look here to see more rules for displaying the American Flag.
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