This time last week, hundreds of thousands of my fellow Oklahomans exercised…not our bodies and not our mouths (per se), but our right to vote. We had a primary election in our great state and voting is something I take seriously. In preparation, I did some research, reached out to some Politicos I trust, and got out my valued voter registration card to look up the address of my new polling locat…wait. Where is that pesky, little, white piece of freedom?! Oh my. I can’t find my voter ID card. That’s okay. I am sure I am registered…
I check the Oklahoma Election Board’s website, because I know when I updated my driver’s license with my married name recently that I also checked the box to update my voter’s registration. So it’s plausible the card just didn’t get sent to me. Right? Wrong. The site confirmed I am not registered under my married name. And giddy, newlywed me was too focused on updating my Target Red Card to remember up-coming primary election and didn’t think to check on my voter’s registration. Patriot fail. It’s poppy caucus, because up until this election, I always voted.
I am sure the Founding Fathers, Betsy Ross, and the candidates who didn’t make it to the big dance in November will forgive me. And a new application has since been mailed to the election board. So lesson learned, I suppose. And in honor of patriotism, ‘Merica, and my absolute favorite time of year, here are some fun facts about the American flag.
I wish each of you a Happy Independence Day! And remember, in America we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Everyone else in world has a July 4th because it follows July 3rd…
- Of the 50 United States state flags, more states do not have their state name on the flag (26:24)
- 21 of the States have animals on their flags with the eagle being the most often displayed. What animal was the second most commonly found on the state flag? Horses (6 states) (Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, N. Jersey, Pennsylvania, S. Dakota)
- The official United States of America flag dimensions may vary but for the most part the outer dimensions should be a ratio of 1 x 1.9
- When hanging vertically the stars shall be always on the top left from a viewing perspective.
- It is false that by law the flag may be produced from raw materials only from the United States; but 94% are produced in America and 6% in China.
- Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14th to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3rd 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.
- Betsy Ross was 25 years old and 3 times a widow, when she was approached by George Washington in 1777 to design the first flag of the United States of America.
- By law, a star is added to the Flag on the Fourth of July following the admission of a state(s) to the Union. The last change to a 50-star design was official on July 4th, 1960 because January 3rd 1959 both Alaska & Hawaii were granted statehood. There was a 49 star flag for 1 year starting July 4th, 1959 representing the addition of Alaska.
- There are approximately 150 million American flags sold annually as of 2017.
- How many American flags are currently on the moon? 6 (one for each moon landing Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, & 17). Apollo 13 never made it to the moon and the Apollo 18 moon landing was cancelled due to funding cuts.