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questionWho cut the American flag into pieces and was honored for doing it?answerRobert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole. Ref
questionIs it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?answerYes, but only in an emergency. It means "Help Me! It's an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!"
questionWhat is done with worn or outdated flags?answerFlags are used until they are worn out and then they are destroyed, preferably by burning.
questionFrancis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope. What is the source of the music for it?answerThe music is from an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven."
questionThe American flag first flew over a foreign fort in what country?answerLibya — over Fort Derne, on the shores of Tripoli.
questionA vexillologist is an expert in what?answerThe history of flags.
question"Shipwreck" Kelly (1885-1952) was famous for sitting for long periods of time. What did he have to do with flags?answerHe set many flagpole-sitting records. He sat for 49 days on one flagpole. He once estimated that he spent a total of over 20,000 hours sitting on flagpoles. Flagpole sitting was a craze started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929. homepage
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