There’s really never a bad time to proudly wave the red, white, and blue, but on June 14, it’s practically your patriotic duty.
That’s because this Wednesday is Flag Day, the annual time of year to pay tribute to Old Glory, which represents the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Back in 1777, John Adams proposed that the stars and stripes serve as the United States of America’s national emblem. Of course, this suggestion eventually came to be, but it wasn’t until 1889 when a kindergarten teacher in New York City put together a ceremony where his students could learn more about the flag and what it meant to the country’s identity as an independent and free nation. His observance was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York, and slowly but surely gained a following in an ever expanding number of states.
Under the administration of President Woodrow Wilson, Flag Day was made an official federal holiday, and ever since, parades are held throughout the country as a way to, “stay true to the red, white, and blue,” as the patriotic anthem goes.
There are a number of ways that Americans demonstrate their loyalty to the stars and stripes, particularly during the summer when so many patriotic holidays take place, like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and of course Independence Day. But these car owners have taken their flag waving pride to the extreme. Here’s a look at some of the more patriotic vehicles you’ll find on the country’s roads:
The Star Spangled Shelby Cobra
Many automotive enthusiasts say that the Corvette is America’s sports car. Perhaps inspired by this, a Corvette owner decked out their Shelby Cobra in a sea of the U.S. flag’s colors. If you look at it, it’s almost as if a giant flag encircled the vehicle and somehow left its design imprinted. In actuality, of course, it’s just a really well done paint job.
Eagle Hummer H1
Nothing commands a presence on the roadways quite like the Hummer does, as the vehicle is truly gargantuan in size when compared to other passenger vehicles. Inspired by the Bald Eagle, America’s national bird – which, if Benjamin Franklin had his way, would be the turkey – the Hummer’s driver’s side depicts the winged master of the sky over a flag waving in the background.
NASCAR Memorial Stock Car
Millions of Americans are NASCAR enthusiasts, and loyal followers no doubt recall the automobile that Kyle Busch drove at the Richmond International Raceway the day before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Stock cars are always overflowing with stickers from advertising companies, but not this time, as Old Glory stood on its own, flanked only by Busch’s signature No. 18.
1954 Rolls-Royce of Red, White, and Blue
Nothing screams style and luxury quite like the Rolls-Royce, which sells for upwards of $200,000 to $250,000, according to most transaction price estimates. One person who could more than afford that price was entertainer and pianist Liberace. Fueled with a surge of patriotism, the since-deceased entertainer decked out his 1954 Rolls-Royce in red on the top, stripes of red along the sides, and blue down below, with sparkling silver stars embossed over the bottom. Its white exterior color completed the ensemble.