July 4th is a little over a week away and it’s hard to believe June is almost over. Summer always flies by too quickly for me. Since I missed celebrating Flag Day on June 14th, I thought I’d share a bit of decorating with Old Glory before Independence Day arrives.
Did you know that the original “Old Glory” was owned by William Driver, a 19th century sea captain. He passionately loved his flag and kept it safe from Confederates during the Civil War. It now resides in the Smithsonian Institute.
The American flag has evolved over the years as more states joined the Union. So how did William Driver keep his beloved Old Glory safe during times of war?
He had it hidden inside a quilt on his bed. As the story goes, after the capture of Nashville where William Driver lived, “… folks began asking Captain Driver if ‘Old Glory’ still existed. Happy to have soldiers with him … Captain Driver went home and began ripping at the seams of his bed cover. As the stitches holding the quilt-top to the batting unraveled, the onlookers peered inside and saw the 24-starred original Old Glory!”
The American flag has become a collectible for many people who love to display it proudly both inside and outside of their home.
The colors of Old Glory stand for different things. Red stands for hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
Although there are specific guidelines for displaying and caring for the American flag, desecration of the flag is protected as a First Amendment right – freedom of speech.
You’ll find flag decor used as pillows, rugs, and more.
A large flag is a great solution when you have a large wall to decorate. I rather like the faded look of this one, although the flag is to be created with strict use of proper color.
I hope you enjoyed today’s fun flag facts about Old Glory and found some inspirational decorating ideas, too!