Among the family of patriotic holidays, Independence Day’s “younger sibling”—Flag Day—arrives on the calendar roughly three weeks before we celebrate our nation’s birth.
Did you know that the current American flag was a result of a school project? Can you believe that the resulting grade on the project was only a B minus? In 1958, high school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio, was spurred on by his interest in politics and talk of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states to design a 50-star flag as a school project. His teacher, Stanley Pratt, gave him a B minus on the project, describing it as unoriginal. However, he would grant Heft a higher grade if Congress accepted the design. Thanks to the late congressman Walter Moeller, Heft earned his gold star when the design was accepted in 1960.
No, I didn’t know—but I do now!
Happy Flag Day, everyone!