Friday, June 14, 2013

Flag Day

Sheridan, WY  High 68  Low 44


How much do you know about the U. S. Flag?

True/False Questions

1. The first flag on the moon was made of teflon.

2. The U. S. flag has 15 stripes.

3. Betsy Ross made the first flat.

4. Flag Day was started by a kindergarten teacher.

5. Saluting the flag fell out of favor during WWII.

6. The current flag was designed by a teenager.

7. Using a stars and stripes napkin is “flag abuse”.

8. It is illegal to buy flags made outside of the United States.

9. Flag day is considered a Federal holiday.

10. Vexillologists are people who study flags


1. False. On Jul 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed a nylon flag on the moon.

2. False. There are 13 stripes representing the original 13 colonies.

3. False. There is no historical evidence to support this claim.

4. True. On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a NY kindergarten teacher, planned the celebration of the flag for his students. Flag Day became official in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson.

5. True. Saluting the flag was deemed too similar to Hitler’s Nazi salute, so Americans began holding their hand over their heart when singing the National Anthem.

6. True. 17 year old Robert Heft was the designer.

7. True. The American flag cannot be used on anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.

8. False. China is the largest exporter of U. S. flags.

9. False. Flag Day has never been made an official Federal holiday.

10. True. Vexillology, a combination of the Latin word vexillum ("flag") and the Greek suffix –logy ("study"), is the scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags.


  1. Thanks for the quick quiz. There were a few questions on there that I never knew. Now the question is will I remember them?!


  2. OK, now I have learned my new thing for the day. Neat quiz! Your temps look better.

  3. When I was in eighth grade, I had to pass a US flag test before I could graduate to high school. A couple of those questions weren't on that test since I was in eighth grade before they happened. :)

  4. Very interesting quiz. I knew some of the answers but others were new to me.

  5. I sure missed the Betsy Ross question...I thought she did make the first flag! Great post!

  6. I knew a few and I'm Canadian. One for you - how many maple leaves on on a Canadian?

  7. We have flown the Flag every moment since 911. I noticed it's flown a lot in New York, but most people don't have a light on it. I don't know how much I've spent on spot lights, but I'm right in the middle of a neighborhood where people have to see it going or coming…no way to avoid it…so I think it's a good way of reminding people how fortunate they are to live in The United States of America. The rules really are very specific. Has to have a dedicated light of its own at night and in inclement weather. Must be an all weather Flag. I have to replace it about every four months. The fire department properly discards the old one for me. I buy only Flags made in America.

    Very interesting post, as always, Donna.

  8. Ack, Sandie, I apologize. I just came over from Donna's blog. I realized as soon as I hit send. Getting old and reading fast don't mix. Again, I'm sorry. I knew it was you.


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