How much do you know about America’s flag? Do you know what its colors represent? Remember who created the first one? We’ve got 10 questions to test your stars-and-stripes smarts.[poll id=”190″]
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What does the white on the U.S. flag represent?
In the Flag Resolution of 1777, the Continental Congress proclaimed what each color represents. White stands for purity and innocence; red — hardiness and valor; and blue — vigilance, perseverance and justice.
What do the American flag’s 13 red and white stripes symbolize?
The original design of the flag called for 13 stars and 13 stripes to symbolize the first 13 states. In 1794, the flag bore 15 stars and 15 stripes, each signifying the number of states at the time. President James Monroe later decided to return the flag to its original 13 stripes and to add stars to represent each new state added to the union.
Who sewed the first American flag?
Betsy Ross was a Philadelphia seamstress who was reportedly employed by the Continental Congress to sew the first American flag. However, she did not design it. While it’s not known for sure, that credit most commonly goes to a congressman from New Jersey named Francis Hopkinson.
The proper way to dispose of a worn-out flag is to:
Believe it or not, the proper way to dispose of a flag is to burn it solemnly. According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, you should stand at attention, salute and recite the Pledge of Allegiance while it burns.
How should one salute the flag?
When you pay your respects to the flag at sporting events or at school, you should remove your hat and place your right hand over your heart.
When someone burns a flag in protest, what Constitutional amendment protects his or her rights?
Albeit controversial, flag burning in protest is guarded by the First Amendment, since it is a form of free speech. The First Amendment also protects freedom of religion and the right to peaceably assemble. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, and the Fourth Amendment defends against unreasonable search and seizure.
Who penned “The Star-Spangled Banner?”
In 1814, British forces and American colonists clashed in a particularly violent battle at Maryland’s Fort McHenry. The conflict waged on through the night while a huge 1260 square-foot U.S. flag flew overhead. When daylight broke, Key observed that the flag was still there, and was inspired to write a poem about what he saw. That poem was set to an existing musical composition and become the national anthem that we sing today.
Where has the U.S. flag flown?
The U.S. flag has been hoisted all over the world and out of it, too. First raised on Boston’s Prospect Hill in 1776, it has also traveled to Antarctica on Robert Peary’s 1909 trek to the South Pole and to the moon when Neil Armstrong took his first historic steps there in 1969.
When is Flag Day?
June 14, 1777 was the day that the Continental Congress outlined the look of the first U.S. flag. Since an act of Congress in 1949, its anniversary has been officially recognized as Flag Day.