Thursday, June 14, 2012

it's flag day, ya'll!

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York, planned a celebration of the American flag for his students. It was made an official holiday by Pres. Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

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 It chose a design by Robert Heft, a 17-year-old student who originally made it for a high school project.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


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Very cool post! Thanks for posting these facts - I had no idea!!

tkmo said...

Well this would explain why one of my neighbors hung a flag over their front door today. I though, "hmmm, I guess they are just really excited about Fourth of July in a couple of weeks?" Ha! Silly, Tiff! I loved this post, so much information that I never knew and great photos. God Bless America :)

Baby Making Mama said...

So educational!! Wow, How will they add another star? Maybe we should get another state so we can have an even number again! :)

undomestic chica said...

You always find the best stuff! I had no idea.

Summer said...

love this post! girl not only are u gorgeous but u know so much! I had no idea and um designing that flag would be difficult and an honor woah! Awesome, can I tell you a secret, I didn't know it was flag day until we were at the pool and I wondered why some of my friends hubs were off lol they work for the city, I'm a little slow like that!


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