Flag Day: A National Tradition

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Americans across the nation showed their patriotism, Monday, in honor of the old tradition of Flag Day.

Although not an official holiday, the president typically issues a proclamation urging citizens and officials at government buildings to fly the American flag the entire week.

Flag Day was started in 1916 by former President Woodrow Wilson in an official proclamation, but the idea is believed to date back to 1885.

A few fun facts about the American flag include:

  • The first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress on June 17, 1776.
  • There have been 27 official versions of the flag.
  • The flag is also known as "old glory" or "the stars and stripes."
  • It's common knowledge that the stars on the flag represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes are for the original colonies.
  • However, the colors of the American flag also have meaning. Red stripes represent valor, white represents innocence and blue represents vigilance and justice.

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