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Sorting flag fact from fiction

On the heels of Independence Day, this week’s trivia by Nichole Kopp, teen and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) librarian, at Whitman County Library, tests your knowledge of the U.S. flag.

The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

1. In what year was the first flag created?
2. How many U.S. flags are on the moon?
3. True or false: If a flag touches the ground, it can still be used.
4. How many hours of the day can the flag be displayed?
5. How many versions of the flag are there?


1. 1777
2. Six
3. True. The Flag Code states that the flag should not touch anything beneath it, including the ground, but it is a myth that it must be burned or destroyed if it touches the ground or becomes soiled.
4. 24 hours a day, if the flag is illuminated at night.
5. The 50-star flag in use today was designed in 1958 by a 17-year-old Ohio high school student, Robert G. Heft, as part of a nationwide contest in anticipation of Hawaii and Alaska becoming states. The design was selected by President Dwight Eisenhower. 

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