During World War II, saluting the flag was deemed to be too similar to Hitler's Nazi salute, so Americans began holding their hands over their hearts singing the National Anthem, a tradition that still holds today.
After Hawaii and Alaska were inducted into the Union in 1958, Congress had to create a new flag. It chose a design by Robert Heft, a 17-year-old student who originally made it for a high school project.
Did you know...if Puerto Rico becomes a state ~ which looks likely with an initial referendum to be voted upon on this coming November ~ the flag will have to accommodate a 51st star!!! You wanna design that?
The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice.
~ Joe Barton