I took a very American walk yesterday. That sounds all official and everything, but I really just wore the flag vest I made a few years ago. There were so many beautiful brick patterns and tree fingers to behold.
While we’re at it, let’s learn a little flag trivia:
- The colors of the Flag may be thus explained:
The red or valor and bravery;
the white is for purity and innocence;
the blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice
(and the orange of my shoe souls is to celebrate the sun that has finally returned to this wintery land we call Chicago)
- A 17-year old student designed the flag as it appears today. In anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states, Robert G. Heft created the 50-star flag as part of a history project (for which he received a B-) before submitting it to Congress for consideration. In August of 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose Heft’s design over 1,500 other applicants and informed him of the news over the phone. (Heft’s teacher also changed his grade to an A).
- Despite the harsh temperatures and conditions of the moon’s atmosphere, five of the six flags that were planted during the Apollo missions are still standing. According to Buzz Aldrin, the one that fell was blown over by the exhaust from Apollo 11 during its liftoff from the moon’s surface.