Fly the Flag
This month it’s time to show a little patriotism and celebrate the U.S. flag. June 14th is officially known as Flag Day; we want to make sure our readers know their stuff! Be a vexillologist and share your knowledge.
Q: Who cut the American flag into pieces and was honored for doing it?
A: Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole. Ref
Q: Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?
A: Yes, but only in an emergency. It means “Help Me! It’s an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!”
Q: What is done with worn or outdated flags?
A: Flags are used until they are worn out and then they are destroyed, preferably by burning.
Q: Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the back on an envelope. What is the source of the music for it?
A: The music is from an old English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.”
Q: The American flag first flew over a foreign fort in what country?
A: Libya – over Fort Derne, on the shores of Tripoli.
Q: A vexillologist is an expert in what?
A: The history of flags.
Q: “Shipwreck” Kelly (1885-1952) was famous for sitting for long periods of time. What did he have to do with flags?
A: He set many flagpole-sitting records. He sat for 49 days on one flagpole. He once estimated that he spent a total of over 20,000 hours sitting on flagpoles. Flagpole sitting was a craze started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929.