13 Flag Day Facts and How Bowdoin’s Peary Cut His Way to Glory (Chicago Now)

American flag and sledges at the North Pole in April 1909. Photograph by Robert E. Peary or Matthew Henson.

American flag and sledges at the North Pole in April 1909. Photograph by Robert E. Peary or Matthew Henson.

June 14 is Flag Day, marking the anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes.

Chicago Now blogger Shannan Younger assembled 13 Flag Day facts, which include, at number eight, that Robert Peary (a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1877) ┬áplaced a flag sewn by his wife at the North Pole in 1909, and left pieces of another flag along the journey. The list notes that it’s the only time a person has been honored for cutting the flag.

Read more about Peary and visit the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center website.

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