Today, June 14 is Flag Day, a day of national observance for all Americans, but it is not a federal holiday. Each year, the President proclaims the commemoration and encourages all Americans in the country to display the flag outside their homes and businesses. Usually, during Flag Day, the flag is flown from all public buildings, speeches are made in public places, and ceremonies take place in towns or cities. America’s Flag Day marks the Second Continental Congress’s adoption of the first U.S. national flag on June 14, 1777. The United States Army also celebrates its birthday on this day.
In honor of Flag Day, here are a few interesting pieces of trivia about our great Red, White, and Blue (Source: USHistory.org)
• When is it appropriate to fly the flag upside down? The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
• Did you know that Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the back of an envelope?
• A vexillologist is an expert in the history of flags.