American flag stars and strips

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For a better experience, click the icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites. Surviving over years, the flag has both physically and symbolically grown and developed in times of both achievement and crisis. The American flag is a symbol known worldwide.

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Flag-flying summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it. The American Legion has played an important role in establishing the standards of flag etiquette since before the passing of the first national Flag Codes in and has worked diligently to uphold these historical standards.

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Here's what Congress said at the time: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. The flag was based on the Grand Union flag carried by the Continental Army in its fight against the British during the War of Independence, with its 13 stars and stripes representing the 13 original US Colonies. Who came up with the design of the flag is something of a mystery, with some historians believing it was designed by Francis Hopkinson, a New Jersey Congressman, and sewn by Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross.

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The flag code also advised that the proper way to get rid of the US flag is to burn it. Yes, burn it, accompanied by a ceremony anyway. This is more preferable than just throwing it away. Historian Marc Leepsonauthor of Flag: An American Biography, revealed that history has no record to this day to proof that the first U.

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Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the colors in the flag. The practice is erroneous, as are statements on this subject attributed to George Washington and other founders of the country. From the book "Our Flag" published in by the House of Representatives

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According to popular legend, the first American flag was made by Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress who was acquainted with George Washington, leader of the Continental Army, and other influential Philadelphians. In Mayso the story goes, General Washington and two representatives from the Continental Congress visited Ross at her upholstery shop and showed her a rough design of the flag. Although Washington initially favored using a star with six points, Ross advocated for a five-pointed star, which could be cut with just one quick snip of the scissors, and the gentlemen were won over.

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These days, July 4th is all about barbecues, fireworks and a healthy dose of red, white and blue excesses. And as the most well-known symbol of U. Source: Historical Americana.

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In Junethe Second Continental Congressmeeting in Philadelphia, created a united colonial fighting force known as the Continental Army. The Continental Colors, which contained 13 alternating red and white stripes with a Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner, was only used by the navy and perhaps at forts, according to Martucci. The Second Continental Congress was busy drafting a constitution known as the Articles of Confederationseeking an alliance with France and supplying the war effort. Although legend holds that Betsy Ross made the first American flag in after being asked to do so by Washington, primary sources backing up that assertion are scarce.

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It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red top and bottom alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton referred to specifically as the "union" bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars top and bottom alternate with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of Americaand the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britainand became the first states in the U. The current design of the U.

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The Betsy Ross flag is an early design of the flag of the United Statesnamed for upholsterer and flag maker Betsy Ross. The pattern, which was in use as early asuses the common themes of alternating red-and-white striped area with stars in a blue canton. Its distinguishing feature is thirteen 5-pointed stars arranged in a circle to represent the unity of the Thirteen Colonies.

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