Did you know … the U.S. flag is 240 years old?
Lisa Leo’s sixth-grade students were visited by members of the Yavapai Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution this past week, and learned quite a few facts about the flag to which they pledge their allegiance every morning.
Dorothy Castanos, DAR Community Classroom chairperson, talked about the flag’s birthday 241 years ago that the country celebrates June 14 as Flag Day. The stripes remain as originally designed, but the arrangement of the stars has changed along the way.
Students found out, for instance, that a 17-year-old high school student from Ohio designed the present-day 50-star configuration following the entry of Hawaii and Alaska into the Union.
Castanos also talked about the places around the world where people have left a U.S. flag, including the top of Mt. Everest, Antarctica, and the moon.
DAR member Sue Burk offered details about the Pledge of Allegiance as originally written and a revised version.
Others described the raising and lowering of the flag during times when it flies at half-staff and on Memorial Day.
Following the talk, students each received a bookmark with renditions of all the U.S. presidents, flag stickers and a red-white-and-blue pencil.
DAR members also presented flag history and facts to students in the Emotional Disabilities — Private program which they have “adopted.” DAR members also made the presentation at Camp Verde Elementary School, and recently awarded a flag to the Junior ROTC program at Prescott High School.
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