"I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."
Type the Pledge of Allegiance in the space below.
June 14, 2001, was the date of the 224th birthday of our United States flag.
In 1777 the Continental Congress of the United States
adopted the Stars and Stripes pattern.
President Harry Truman signed legislation making Flag Day
a day of national observance in 1949.
Study the American flag at the top of this page.
Answer these questions:
How many red stripes are there?
How many white stripes are there?
Which color stripe is at the top and at the bottom of the flag?
How many stars are in the first row? How many rows are there like that row?
How many stars are in the second row? How many rows are there like that row?
How many stars are there in total?
Here are some flag facts for you to read:
1. This is the original United States flag. It had only 13 stars. Do you know why?
2. In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem, "Defense of Fort McHenry," when he saw the flag still flying the morning after an attack by the British. Today, that poem is known by another name: "The Star-Spangled Banner."
3. The Flag Act of 1818 states that a star be added for any new state on the Fourth of July following that state's admission.
4. Flag Day was observed for the first time in 1877, the 100th anniversary of the adoption of our country's red-white-and-blue banner.
5. Students first said the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892, the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.
6. In 1983, the world's largest flag was displayed in Washington, DC. The flag, which measured 411 feet by 210 feet, weighed 7 tons! Each star measured 13 feet across!
7. Who designed or created the first U.S. flag? No one knows for sure. Today, most experts agree that Francis Hopkinson, a delegate to the Continental Congress from New Jersey, designed the flag. But, in 1870, William J. Canby claimed that his grandmother, a seamstress from Philadelphia named Betsy Ross, made the first U.S. flag.
Now see how well you can duplicate the flag at the top of this page on your own,
using the Paint program.