Dear Dr. Linda,
It always amazes me that, when I mention certain holidays to my three teenage kids, they’ve never heard of them. I realize teachers may not be focusing on Flag Day this year under these bizarre circumstances in which we live, but wouldn’t they have heard the term during some part of their schooling? I’d love you to put together something about Flag Day that I can share with them. I’d do it myself, but I’m a nurse and am pretty busy these days. Since you’re putting together a column anyway, one on Flag Day seems to be appropriate.
Best and stay well,
Here’s A Flag Day Quiz to learn how much you and your children know about this day. It’s amazing how much there is to learn about the American flag and its symbolism.
Flag Day Quiz
1. On what date is Flag Day observed?
2. What year did the United States approve the design of the first flag? 1775, 1776 or 1777?
3. Which president proclaimed the official date for Flag Day in 1916?
4. Is Flag Day a federal holiday?
5. What does each star on the U.S. flag represent?
6. How many stripes are on the flag?
7. What does each of the stripes represent?
8. Who is believed to have made the first U.S. Flag?
9. What is the nickname for the American flag?
10. In the year 1944, how many stars were on the flag?
11. What is another name for Flag Day?
12. Why did the American flag gain two stars in 1959?
13. What is the name of the U.S. national anthem which refers to the American flag?
14. What does the red on the flag symbolize?
15. What does the blue on the flag symbolize?
16. What does the white on the flag symbolize?
17. The traditional folding of the American flag, which occurs at specific events such as funerals, has how many folds?
18. What does the first fold symbolize?
19. What does the thirteenth fold symbolize?
20. Why is the flag folded in the shape of a triangle?
Challenge question: Think about your family, including your extended family. What would your family flag look like? What colors would you use and why? What symbols would you use and why? How would you design it? Who in the family could coordinate the project? Which parts of the project would each member of the family be best at? What rules would you follow so that everyone trusts each other’s input? What rules would you put into this project so that in future years the original flag could be changed?
Next time we say, “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,” we may think about all the people who were involved in creating this symbol which represents the essence of the United States of America.
Happy Flag Day,
Answers: 1. June 14; 2. 1777; 3. Woodrow Wilson; 4. No; 5. A state; 6. 13; 7. The original 13 colonies; 8. Betsy Ross; 9. Old Glory; 10. 48; 11. National Flag Day; 12. Alaska and Hawaii became states; 13. Star Spangled Banner; 14. hardiness and valor; 15. vigilance, perseverance and justice;16. purity and innocence; 17. 13; 18. Life; 19. “In God We Trust”; 20. To remind us of the cocked hats the soldiers wore during the Revolutionary War.
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