Fun with Flags #2- A QUIZ
1. How many flags are on the moon?

2. Which flag did George Washington display crossing the Delaware?

3. What famous US flag has 15 stripes, not thirteen?      
4. What TV show has a segment "Fun with Flags"?

5. What animal is depicted on the Wyoming State flag? 

 Symbols of the United States Flag 
      Thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States. White signifies purity and innocence, red signifies valor and bravery; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

To a vexillologist a flag is the "shorthand" in the history of communication. Early flags were placed on a staff  high enough to be seen from afar, originally to identify armies, friend or foe. Signal flags were soon used to communicate directions to an army from afar. Throughout history, and even today, the flag is used by a
nation, a community,  an organization or business, to symbolize and identify central beliefs, goals, rules and regulations.
Flags are still used for signalling and also for decoration. 
Answers: Links to detail info 
1. There are six U.S. flags on the moon planted by the Apollo astronauts (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). 
The condition of those flags is questionable.  
This link tries  to answer.... What is the condition of the flags on the moon? 
2.  The flag depicted in the famous 1853 painting by  Emanuel Leutze "Washington Crossing the Delaware" is the original flag of the United States (the "Stars and Stripes"), the design of which did not exist at the time of Washington's crossing. The historically accurate flag would have been the
Grand Union Flag .

3. The Flag Act of 1794 added two stripes to the US flag representing Vermont and Kentucky joining the union. The Flag Act of 1818 provided the modern rule of thirteen stripes to represent the original colonies. The Star Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814, has fifteen stripes and is on display at the American History Museum, Smithsonian, Washington D.C. Star Spangled Banner at Smithsonian 

4. "Fun with Flags" is a segment of the popular series The Big Bang Theory. Character Sheldon Cooper does several segments on flags. 

5. The Wyoming State flag has a silhouette of a buffalo in the center.



Randy Kopf

Mel Benedict

U.S. Flag Code
Link to the most current and complete compilation 
for the  U.S. Senate.


Flag Holidays 

It is appropriate to fly the flag every day. This list of days is declared in the U.S.Flag Code.

New Year's Day - January 1
Martin Luther King Day - Third Monday in January
Inauguration Day - January 20
Lincoln's Birthday - February 12
Washington's Birthday - February 22
Presidents' Day - Third Monday in February
Easter Sunday- Movable- 
                   (first Sunday after the first full moon on  
                    or after the March equinox)     
Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May
Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff)- 
 May 15
Armed Forces Day - Third Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) -Last Monday in May
Flag Day - June 14
Independence Day - July 4
Korean War Veterans Day (half-staff) - 
 July 27
Labor Day - First Monday in September
Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance - (half-staff from sunrise to sundown)       
                      September 11
Citizenship Day - September 17
Air Force Day - September 17
Constitution Day -- September 17
POW/MIA Recognition Day - September 21
Columbus Day - October 12
Navy Day - October 27
National Election Day - First Tuesday in November
Marine Corps Day - November 10
Veterans Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff from sunrise to sundown) - December 7
Christmas Day - December 25
Election Days
and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays. 

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