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Three Cheers for Old Glory!

Jun 12, 2013

GS Cadettes from Tustin, CA's flag ceremony how-to video on YouTubeMany of you might already know that our first American flag had only 13 stars, representing the number of original states that formed when we declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. Today we have 50 stars for 50 states, the last two added in 1960 when Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union.

As you celebrate Flag Day on June 14, share some of these fun flag facts with your friends and family. For starters, there are six American flags planted on the moon. Also, the first U.S. postal stamp to feature a flag appeared on July 4, 1957. And nicknames for the flag include Old Glory, Stars and Stripes, and Star Spangled Banner.

Go online to find more fun flag facts on your own—and check out these ideas to celebrate Flag Day:

  • Dress from head to toe in red, white, and blue.
  • Using nontoxic, skin-safe paints, paint an American flag on your face, arm, or leg. Add some glittery sparkles!
  • If your family owns a flag, display it proudly. If you don’t have a flag, you can order one here.
  • Find a Flag Day parade in your area, and talk with your troop leader and volunteers about marching in it. Or find out if there are other local Flag Day events going on in your community and join in the celebration.
  • Bake some “Stars and Stripes” treats to share, such as cupcakes decorated with white frosting, red sugar, and blue sprinkles. Or make a cake, frost it with white whipped topping, and decorate it like the flag using red raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
  • Recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” with your Girl Scout sisters and hold a flag ceremony. Find out more about the purpose and pride of flag ceremonies here, including tips for handling the flag or retiring a worn American flag.
  • Whether you’re a Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador, celebrating Flag Day is a meaningful way to work on your Girl Scout Way badge. Watch a video made by Girl Scout Cadettes from Tustin, California, who show you how to perform a flag ceremony.
  • Learn patriotic songs and sing them as a group—with your family, friends, and Girl Scout sisters. You might even perform songs at a senior living center in your community for the veterans who live there. Songs to try: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
  • Work on your Scribe badge by writing a poem or short story about what the flag means to you.