Interesting American Flag Facts

October 24, 2009 | In: History facts

The fifty stars on the flag represent the 50 U.S. states and the 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union.

The five pointed stars is used as symbol in states like Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the once sovereign nations of the Republic of Texas and the Kingdom of Hawaii.

On Memorial Day it is common to place small flags by war memorials and next to the graves of U.S. war veterans.

When the flag is affixed to the side of a vehicle or uniform, it should be oriented so that the union is towards the front.

The flag is displayed at half-staff (half-mast in naval usage) as a sign of respect or mourning.

Only State Governors and the President of the United States order when the flags on government buildings are to be set at half staff.

There’s a theory that the red and white stripes on the flag were based on George Washington’s coat of arms.

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