USA

The Flag of USA

The United States of America has had a long running love affair with its flag. Though the Stars and Stripes, as it is often fondly called, has gone through many changes, Americans still find that it represents the national values they hold so passionately. Songs, poems, and slogans have been dedicated to the flag—even the national anthem is about the endurance of the flag in a time of hardship! One of the most famous songs dedicated to the flag of the USA was written by George M. Cohan just before World War I: You’re a grand old flag You’re a high-flying flag And forever in peace may you wave You’re the emblem of the land we love The home of the free and the brave Every heart beats true for the red, white, and blue Where there’s never a boast or brag Should auld acquaintance be forgot Keep your eye on the grand old flag! Some of the most iconic American images include the flag, such as the flag-raising at Iwo Jima in World War II and the flag flying over the destruction of 9/11. History of the US Flag The first recorded flying of an American flag was by General George Washington at Boston in 1776. He flew a flag over the American camp that included 13 red and white stars and stripes, with the British Union Jack in the corner. Soon after, Betsy Ross reported that she had sewn a similar flag for Washington and his troops. In 1777, the Continental Congress adopted an official Unites States flag. It was to be similar to Washington’s flag, but instead of the Union Jack in the upper left corner, there would be 13 white stars, “representing a new constellation.” The flag changed frequently; every time new states were added to the union, a new star was added to the blue field. The last time it changed was in 1959, when Alaska and Hawaii were admitted as states, bringing the total number of stars to an even 50. The Flag’s Meaning The flag of the United States stands for many things, just in terms of the symbols embedded in the flag itself. The 13 stripes stand for the original 13 colonies, the ones who fought for the right to be 13 states within one nation. The colors are also symbolic: red stands for hardiness, valor, and the blood of patriots; white stands for purity, innocence, and hope; and blue stands for perseverance and justice. Individual States The flag is such an important part of American feeling that many states have worked its symbols into their own state flags. For example, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas all incorporate the stars in their design. Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas all incorporate the stripes, and almost all of them feature the red, white and blue colors somewhere. Every heart beats true for the red, white and blue flag of the USA, no matter what state they live in.