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If you love the red, white, and blue, you probably enjoy learning new facts about the flag. The American flag has a lot of interesting facts lurking in its long and heralded history. Let's take a look a few flag fun facts worth adding to your arsenal of tidbits and knowledge!
This is one of the most basic flag facts that every American, trivia fan or not, should have it memorized. Congress officially adopted the red, white, and blue as the American flag on June 14th, 1777 with the original version displaying 13 stripes and 13 stars to represent the 13 original colonies of our nation.
While the 13 stripes on the flag are the standard we think of for the American flag, a fun fact is that at one point it had more stripes. When Vermont and Kentucky joined the union, the flag was ratified to add two additional stripes to represent these new states, but there was a concern about the dimensions of the flag if the nation inevitably continued to grow in terms of states. The flag was reverted back to 13 stripes and the system of adding a new star for every new state was put in place instead.
When looking for interesting flag fun facts, this one is always worth sharing. The stars have been arranged in a variety of patterns over the course of history. The stars were once arranged in a circle and eventually a star pattern with the smaller stars arranged to make a larger star. When Alaska and Hawaii joined the union as states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower signed a version of the flag into effect which was designed by Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old Ohio high schooler. His design is still the official lineup for the stars with five rows of six stars and four rows of five stars.
One of the more complex and interesting flag fun facts is about the moon. American astronauts have planted six flags on the surface of the moon. The first flag planted by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 is the only one of the six which no longer stands because it was blown over by the ship as it departed. The other five flags America erected still stand today on the moon. While the flags are still there according to satellite imagery, they are now unrecognizable as an emblem of the United States. The conditions have bleached the flags of their color so the red, white, and blue is hardly visible. The flag poles, fabric, and coordinates are the only signifier that the American flags still stand.