Saturday, July 13, 2013

Day 168, July 13

How did the American flag get the name "Old Glory?"

It turned out that a sea captian, William Driver, was given his first command of a ship in 1821.  The 21 yyear old captian was given an American flag to fly from the mast of his first command by his mother.

He hoisted the flag and called it "Old Glory."  The name caught on and became the nickname of America's flag.  This flag is now on display in the Smithsonian Institute.

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