Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Flag of the United States of America

Old Glory
The Stars and Stripes
The Star-Spangled Banner
The Red, White, and Blue
The Flag of the United States of America

"Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." - June 14, 1777, Continental Congress

13 Alternating Red and White Stripes
50 White Five-Point Stars on a Blue Field

Called the Red, White And Blue

13 Stripes, for thirteen colonies that dared to resist Tyranny.

50 Stars, one for each state, representing "the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial"

Stripes "symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun."

Red for Bravery, Hardiness, Valour, and the blood of patriots. Mentioned first because the tree of freedom must be regularly watered with the blood of patriots - without Bravery to fight for our rights, there will be no nation.

White for Freedom, Purity, and Freedom, the ground upon which the other colors stand.

And Blue for the Justice for which we struggle, the vigiliance that is required to maintain our country, and the perseverance that is required of us, even when the task is difficult, and the obstacles many.

From Wikipedia: "Many citizens understand the flag to represent the freedoms and rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights and perhaps most of all to be a symbol of individual and personal liberty as set forth in the Declaration of Independence."


Previously on this topic: Our Flag

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