On this, the 100th anniversary of the original Flag Day, we honor America’s history through the celebration of our national flag, commonly referred to as “Old Glory,” “Stars and Stripes,” and “Star Spangled Banner”.
Though there have been 39 various representations of the banner used historically, the flag has undergone 26 official redesigns since 1777. The current design, the 27th official version, was created by the then 17-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio in 1958 as a part of a high school class project. Heft received a B- on his work.
The symbolism in the flag’s design pays homage to American history through various symbols. The stripes represent the 13 original colonies which declared independence from Great Britain, while the blue rectangle filled with 50 stars is representative of the unified 50 states.
On this, the centennial observance of Flag Day, here are a few more facts about Old Glory.
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.