The American flag is a pride of the country and its citizens. It has been through quite a few changes, but the people have always heartily respected it. There is even a Flag Day celebrated in America and even burning the flag for disposal is allowed. But, the funniest part is that the designer who is credited for this flag is not the actual designer. Confused? Read our article to know the top 5 fun facts about the American flag.
The First Flag Was Worth “Three Strings Of Wampum”
Getting the first American flag designed and made was a pretty tough job. It was the year 1777 and there was no one design of the flag ready yet. Thomas Green, an American Indian, was to travel through the perfidious territory of Philadelphia and he wanted to be protected by a flag. The treacherous inhabitants might attack Thomas Green, but if they were to see a flag around him, they might not pounce upon him. So, Thomas asked Congress to help him and included the above-mentioned payment as a part of their deal. After this, the flag was finalized within 10 days with the design of 13 stars and 13 stripes on it. The day it was finalized was June 14th, 1777 which later came to be known and celebrated as the flag day.
The American Flag Has Had Versions Of Strange Stars
There came a time when with the addition of new states to the United States, new stars and stripes were added to the flag. But later on, it was decided that the number of stars would increase while the stripes would be constant at 13. Since then, the flag has seen quite a few changes in the pattern of the stars. There was a 26-star ‘star’ flag, a 33-star Ft. Sumter flag, and even a 38-star concentric pattern. With the permission of designing the flag, the designers got creative more in a Microsoft Paint way!
A Starry Confusion With The Flag
There have been 27 amendments of the flag where the number of stars went up to 38 stars and even 50. But there never was a 39-star version. This confusion about 38 and 39 stars had occurred when people were confused about whether to count North Dakota and South Dakota as one or two.
Parts Of The American Flag Were Auctioned At A High Price
In the United States of America, it is a practice to auction bits of the flag at high prices. A 2″ x 5″ swatch of an 1800’s flag was sold at $38,000 in 2011. People buy these bits of the flag to gift as mementos or souvenirs. They may be even be buying the parts to keep it for themselves.
The American Flags Still Stand Tall On The Moon
Neil Armstrong was the first man to have successfully landed on the moon. The name of his mission was Apollo 11. After that five other missions have been accomplished and a total of six American flags have been planted on the moon. Out of those six flags, five flags still stand tall on the moon.