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Did you know the definition of a flag is a symbol or emblem that it is used to represent different groups of people, traditionally it is made of cloth.

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Fun Fact 1: History states that red, white and blue were chosen as the colours represent, valour (red), liberty and purity (white) justice and loyalty (blue)

Fun Fact 2: Did you know? The thirteen horizontal red and white stripes represent the original colonies of the U.S.

Fun Fact 3: A Baptist minister called Francis Bellamy wrote the original The Pledge of Allegiance for the American Flag in 1892

Fun Fact 4: When the American emblem is hung on a stage, it should be located to  the right hand side of the speaker

Fun Fact 5: On 14th June 1777, a thirteen Star Flag became the first official United States flag; it was replaced 18 years later with a 15 star flag known as 'The Star Spangled Banner'

Fun Fact 6: National Flag Day is celebrated on 14th June each year; it is believed that this specific day to celebrate the American Flag first originated in 1885, however flag day has been celebrated since 1777

Fun Fact 7: The Canton is the correct name for the dark blue rectangular area on the top left quarter of the American Emblem

Fun Fact 8: Betsy Ross is the name of the lady who sewed the first the American Flag in 1776

Fun Fact 9: There is an American Flag on the moon! Neil Armstrong planted it there during the first moon landing on July 20 1969. As there is no air or breeze on the moon it was attached to horizontal pole this gave the impression that it was flying!

Fun Fact 10: The American Flag has various nicknames including 'Old Glory', 'Stars and Stripes' and 'The Star-Spangled Banner

Fun Fact 11: The American Flag symbolizes a past history, it gives Americans a feeling of pride and unity bringing together its many states as one

Fun Fact 12: The last star (state) to be added to the current design (the 27th version) of the American Flag was added in 1960, it represents the state of Hawaii

Fun Fact 13: There is a special flag code that details the use and care of the American Flag. This U.S. federal law document sets the standards in the way the American Flag should be used, displayed, folded and even disposed of!

Fun Fact 14: Part of the United States Code states that if the American Flag is left up for 24 hours a day it must be illuminated, if this is not possible it should be taken down at sunset

Fun Fact 15: The world's largest the American Flag measures 505 feet (153.9m) x 225 feet (68.58m) and weighs in at a whopping 3,000 pounds (1,361 Kg) it was made in Pennsylvania

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