The original flag was accepted in the year 1777. At that time, it had 13 stars and stripes in memory of the 13 original American colonies. As new states came in they add a star and they left the stripes at 13 to remember the colonies. The flag which stands today was chosen by President Eisenhower in 1953. He chose the design by a teenager Ohio student from over 1,500 design entries. There are official Federal guidelines for the care and maintenance of the U.S. flag such as it should only be dusk to dawn unless it is lit up at night. The U.S. Flag code and regulations state that is wearing flag driven products such as maybe a T-shirt, bed sheet, or even napkins is violation of the flag code. Even though these are referred to as Flag regulations, they are merely unenforceable guidelines that were put in place to help give Americans guidance on good flag ownership.
The worksheets in this set look at the original designers, makers, and the symbolism behind the flag itself. We also look at the composers of original music and the Pledge of Allegiance.