In case you didn't know - today is Flag Day! It's is not technically an official holiday, but is still a day observed and recognized nationwide. We are so grateful for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us to help establish a free nation like the one we enjoy.
To celebrate Flag Day here are a few fun facts you might now have know about our Star Spangled Banner...
*Our flag has several nicknames: Old Glory, Star spangled Banner
*On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes
*This flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy.
*For a brief period of time the number of stripes changed to 15 - but was later returned to the original 13.
*The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day.
*Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day.