All of us at 600 Global are very proud to be an American company. In fact, since our beginning in 1999, 600 Global has expanded to 80 offices all around the United States. While the 600 in our name reflects our outstanding goal to open 600 offices internationally, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the significance of our United States flag and the celebration of Flag day on June 14th.
On May 30th, 1916, Woodrow Wilson declared Flag day a holiday. However, it wasn’t until August 3rd, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed and Act of Congress which made it an official (though not a federal) holiday. These two acts designated Flag day as a day to appreciate the American Flag in all of its history, and the sacrifices that went into the independence of our country.
In case you’ve never heard of the holiday before now, we put together a list of some interesting facts about the American Flag.
1. While the popular story is that Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross, was the first to create a stars and stripes American Flag, there is actually no documented proof of this fact. This story originated from her grandson, nearly 100 years later.
2. The designer of our current flag is a man named Robert G. Heft. He was 17 and attending school in Ohio when President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a nation-wide search for the perfect design. Heft created the design in his sewing class and it was chosen out of over 1,500 entries. He received a B- on the project, but his flag still flies.
3. Many Lunar Scientists believe that, due to the harsh environment of the moon, many of the flags that have been placed there, including the American Flag, may be bleached entirely or in varying stages of decomposition. No one has been up very recently to check on them.
4. While there were originally only 13 stars on the American flag, to represent the original 13 colonies, now there are 50, representing the 50 states. However, there are still only 13 stripes which pay homage to the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain.
5. Pennsylvania, home Betsy Ross, is the only state where Flag Day is truly an official holiday.
So be sure to mark your calendars and remember a few fun facts about your American flag when June 14th rolls around.
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