Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wave Your Flag

A flag can only be flown at half-staff when ordered to do so by the president or a governor.

When properly folded, the American flag forms a triangle. In this shape, only the stars are visible. Usually, this takes 13 folds - the same number of original U.S. colonies.

There are six American flags on the moon. Crew members from the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 space missions planted them on the surface.

A high-schooler from Ohio designed the current 50-star version of the flag in 1958, yet he received a B-minus for his work. The student, Robert Heft, was not happy with his grade and made a deal with his teacher - if Congress approved his design, he would get his score changed to an A. He made the grade when his design was officially adopted as the country's.


The flag is only to be flown in fair weather. Some flags are made for bad weather, and this is acceptable ONLY if the flag is made for it.

Using the flag as a decoration is frowned upon. Instead, use a bunting. The blue stripe of the bunting should be placed on top.

The Flag Code allows any deceased to be allowed to have the flag adorning a coffin. Veterans are the most common people to have the flag on their coffin, but anyone is allowed to use the flag in this manner.

A vexillologist is a professional flag historian. I have never known one.

     "Old Glory" actually refers to a flag owned by Captain William Driver. It was made with 24 stars and 13 red and white stripes representing the original 13 colonies: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. "Old Glory" traveled with Driver on his ship and circled the globe twice before retiring with Driver in Nashville. The flag was hidden away inside Driver’s bedspread in Nashville when Tennessee seceded from the Union. When the war was over, Driver joyously ripped open his bedding to an astonished group of patriots to be proudly displayed for all to see. Sadly, due its fragile state and incredible historical and sentimental value, Old Glory’s last show was at the Tennessee State Museum in 2006. It now lives in the Smithsonian.

Picky picky picky:
The red, white and blue stripes are strictly defined as Dark Red (Pantone 193 C), White (Pantone safe), and Navy Blue (281 C).


Love from Delta.

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