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The United States flag is a strong symbol of American identity and also nationwide pride. Known popularly as Old Glory, the U.S. flag has a colorful background as well as has actually undertaken lots of modifications from the very first official flag of 1777.
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, 7 red alternating with 6 white stripes. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: red represents strength and also valiance, white represents pureness and virtue and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
With time, some have attributed somewhat different meanings to the 3 colors, as an example, the color red symbolizing the bloodshed spilled to protect our liberty, yet the essence of the initial definition has actually been relatively constant since 1782.
How did the American flag turn into just what it is today?
It is so much greater than the 3 shades or a “design”. Consider the areas around the world that the American flag has flown, consider the change it has actually undertaken throughout the years on American land. It is genuinely humbling to think of all that was offered and also given up to ensure that the American flag could fly freely across this nation.
The flag that started with just 13 stars grew to 50 with the addition of states to the Union. The number of stars on the flag progressively increased to its present number today where a brand-new star would certainly be added to the blue area on the 4th of July after the day of each new state’s admission.
The variety of rotating horizontal red and white stripes has actually continued to be at thirteen except from 1795 to 1818 when fifteen stripes appeared on the flag to show the admission of Kentucky as well as Vermont to the Union. In 1818, it was agreed that including a stripe to the flag for every brand-new state would certainly no longer take place as it will make the flag appear crowded and it would certainly make the flag unwieldy. It was decided then that the flag would return to including only thirteen stripes to stand for the initial colonies.
The American flag is an icon not just of hardiness, valiance, pureness, virtue, vigilance, perseverance and also justice; it is an icon of freedom. Liberty that has been battled so hard for over the years. Liberty that has cost this nation and the households within so much, and yet it is still a beacon to those wishing they had the freedom that the nation has.
Folding up the American flag.
Traditional flag rules prescribes that before an American flag is kept or presented, its handlers must twice fold it in half lengthwise; then (from the end opposite the blue field) make a triangular fold, remaining to fold it in a triangular patter until the other end is reached. This makes a triangular “pillow” of the flag with just the blue starred area revealing outside, and it takes thirteen folds to produce: two lengthwise folds and also eleven triangular ones.
The flag isn’t folded up in this manner due to the fact that each of the folds has a special symbolic definition; the flag is folded this way due to the fact that it provides a dignified ritualistic touch that distinguishes folding a flag from folding a regular item such as a blanket, as well as because it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle form. This thirteen-fold procedure was an usual practice long before the production of a ceremonial assignation of “indicating” to every of the steps.
An intricate flag folding event including these definitions has actually since been developed for special events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These connections are “real” in the feeling that they mean something to individuals who take part in the event, however they are not the reason that a flag is folded up in the standard thirteen-step manner.
This is America and its sign is the American Flag. This honorable icon has been targetted at, set fire to, spew upon and also stomped on, and yet she rises time and again. Although many Americans in the state of Oregon proudly fly the flag outside their homes and businesses every day, it is fitting that we, as a country, have set aside one particular day yearly to honor our flag and also to remember that it stands for the ideals and also values that we must make every effort to promote. May God honor America and those who safeguard her.
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