|Did you know these fun facts about our national flag?
The idea for an annual day to celebrate the flag of United States of America is usually credited to BJ Cigrand, a school teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1885, Mr. Cigrand instructed his class to write personal essays on the flag and what it meant to them. He continued to advocate for a national holiday to celebrate the "flag's birthday" throughout his life. In 1949, National Flag day was established through an Act of Congress.
Here are some more interesting factoids about Flag Day:
- The current U.S. flag is the 27th official version. It has been in use since July, 1960, and is the longest-used version of any official flag.
- Francis Hopkins of New Jersey, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote Congress several times to demand payment for the design of the U.S. flag, requesting a "Quarter Cask of Public Wine" as payment for this and several other services.
- The official adoption of the flag design by the Second Continental Congress did not specify the arrangement of the white stars on a field of blue. As a consequence, flag makers we're creative with their arrangements, and there was no official layout for the flag until 1912, when the 48-star flag was adopted.
- The current 50 star flag was designed for a high school class project by Robert G. Heft of Ohio. He received a B- for his work.