More Flag FactsExcerpted from ESL Teacher's Holiday Activities Kit.
- Flag Day is June 14. It is a day to honor the American flag.
- The flag has three colors: red, white and blue.
- Red is for courage.
- White is for purity.
- Blue is for loyalty.
- There are 50 states in the United States, and 50 stars in the flag.
- There are 13 red and white stripes. The stripes are for the 13 states in 1776, when the United States was a new country.
- No one is sure who made the first "Stars and Stripes." Most people think it was a woman named Betsy Ross.
- Show respect for the flag:
- Never let the flag touch the floor or the ground.
- Fly the flag only in the daytime.
- Keep the flag clean.
- Do not use the flag to cover a table or for clothing.
- Fold the flag carefully when you put it away.
- Fly the flag on these national holidays:
- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Independence Day
- Armed Forces Day
- Veterans Day
- Washington's Birthday
- Lincoln's Birthday
- When an important American dies, fly the flag "at half mast" (halfway up the pole).
- The flag upside down means distress or danger.
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