Discover the True Meaning of the American Flag

Updated 04/25/19
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“Betsy Ross lived on First Street near Second, her sewing was very, very fine. General Washington went to see her to order a brand-new flag.” So begins an old folk song about the creation of the American flag. It’s only fitting that on the Fourth of July, USA Today released an image that defines the meaning of the flag's colors. Red stands for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The original American flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes to represent the original 13 colonies; today the official flag, which was ordered by President Eisenhower and adopted in July of 1960, has 50 stars for the 50 states, and 13 stripes.

Cheers to the red, white, and blue!

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