Today is Flag Day in the United States! Old Glory has 50 stars representing the states of the Union, and 13 stripes, representing the original 13 colonies. According to pbs.org, “the origin of the US Flag is unknown. But the nickname was given to the flag by William Driver, a sea captain from Massachusetts, as he had a 10ft by 17ft flag he flew proudly which survived the Civil War, and is now a primary artifact of the National Museum of American History. This flag is also what inspired Francis Scott Key to compose “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
The American Flag only has a few places where it can be flown 24 hours a day, otherwise, there are specific rules and etiquette to flying the flag. For example, you should not fly your flag after dark unless it is illuminated, and it should not be flown upside down unless in distress. The flag should never touch the ground, or be flown under another flag, and no flag can be larger than it when flying together. There are quite a few more rules and etiquette, that you can learn all about if you click here. Remember display your flag proudly, and with honor, it represents the country in which you live!