¬†Happy Flag Day!¬† June 14th¬†commemorates the day in 1777 when the Second Constitutional Congress adopted the thirteen-stripes-and-thirteen-stars American flag.
As the legend goes, it was George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress who asked Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag sometime in the late spring of 1776.¬† The young widow was only in her early 20’s when she completed the first flag with thirteen stars arranged in a circle.¬† A year later, the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the national flag, and our beloved Stars and Stripes became the most recognized symbol of the United States around the world.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 “Flag Day.”¬† Thirty-five years later (in1949), Congress passed legislation asking the president to issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of the holiday.
This week, millions¬†of Americans will observe Flag Day by waving Old Glory outside their homes and businesses. Veteran’s groups and¬†certain communities also arrange events and special ceremonies in honor of Flag Day.¬† But, there is another way to show your patriotism–promotional products.
My favorite patriotic promotional products is this tie-dyed American flag T-shirt.¬† For me, it’s an item that puts a fresh, modern twist on the traditional Old Glory.¬† Available in sizes S to XL, the shirt includes your own 1-color imprint (front or back).¬† A client recently ordered this T-shirt with a custom imprint, and the results were fantastic!
Whether you enjoy a traditional approach to Flag Day or a modern spin on celebrating the Stars and Strips, you’re sure to enjoy these fun facts about our flag:
Who cut the American flag into pieces and was honored for doing it?
Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole
Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?
Yes, but only in an emergency. It means “Help Me! It’s an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!”
What is done with worn or outdated flags?
Flags are used until they are worn out and then they are destroyed, preferably by burning.
The American flag first flew over a foreign fort in what country?
Libya - over Fort Derne, on the shores of Tripoli.
A vexillologist is an expert in what?
The history of flags.