The famous photo of the Soviet flag being raised during the Battle of Berlin in 1945 was actually doctored. Photographer Yevgeny Khaldei added smoke to make it seem more dramatic, and also removed one of two watches from a Senior Sergeant’s wrist, as it would have implied looting.
Detroit’s city flag contains a four-world Latin phrase on the seal: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.” It translates to “we hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes”. But it’s not a reference to the city’s present-day struggles. The flag was designed in 1907 and officially adopted in 1948, and the motto dates back a century further back, to 1805. On June 11, 1805, a fire ravaged the city, with devastating results: “with the exception of one stone fort and the brick chimneys of wooden houses, the city was leveled to the ground by that afternoon,” according to the Detroit Historical Society. Fortunately, no one died, and the population decided to rebuild Detroit where it was. As the Wall Street Journal explains, a local priest coined the saying to encourage the rebuilding effort.
The flag of Nepal is so complicated that there is a 24-step instruction how to draw it in the constitution of Nepal.
There are only 2 countries in the world whose flags contain neither red, white, nor blue: Jamaica and Mauritania.
American flags made in China are banned in the U.S. Military.
Ironically, the French flew the white flag as a symbol of military command.
It is an offense to say that the golden color of the German flag as “yellow”.
The American flag that was placed on the moon is now just a white sheet due to bleaching from sunlight.
Texas is the only state where citizens also pledge allegiance to the state flag.