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The United States flag is a solid symbol of American identity and also national pride. Additionally called Old Glory, the U.S. flag has a vibrant history and also has undergone numerous adjustments from the very first official flag of 1777.
Today the U.S. flag contains thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white stripes. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars stand for the 50 states of the country. The shades of the flag are symbolic also: red symbolizes hardiness as well as valiance, white represents pureness and virtue and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance as well as justice. Nevertheless, the reason the Continental Congress originally picked the red, white, and blue colors was not explained in the resolution taking on the flag. Chroniclers think it was most likely a color choice based on the British Union Jack, which had actually previously flown over the colonies.
Over time, some have connected slightly different definitions to the three colors, as an example, the color red representing the blood spilled to protect our liberty, but the essence of the initial definition has been rather consistent from 1782.
Exactly how did the American flag become what it is today?
It is a lot greater than the 3 shades or a “decor”. Think of the places around the world that the American flag has actually flown, think about the change it has undertaken throughout the years on American territory. It is really humbling to think about all that was given and compromised to ensure that the American flag could fly freely across this country.
The flag that began with only 13 stars expanded to 50 with the addition of states to the Union. The variety of stars on the flag progressively increased to its existing number today where a brand-new star would certainly be added to the blue field on the 4th of July after the date of each new state’s admission.
The number of alternating horizontal red as well as white stripes has actually stayed at thirteen except from 1795 to 1818 when fifteen stripes showed up on the flag to note the admission of Kentucky and also Vermont to the Union. In 1818, it was decided that adding a stripe to the flag for every brand-new state would not happen as it will make the flag look crowded and also it would make the flag unwieldy. It was decided then that the flag would certainly go back to having just thirteen stripes to stand for the original colonies.
The American flag is an icon not just of strength, valor, pureness, virtue, vigilance, determination as well as justice; it is an icon of freedom. Liberty that has actually been fought so hard for over the years. Freedom that has cost this nation as well as the households within a lot, but it is still a beacon to those desiring they had the freedom that the nation has.
Folding up the American flag.
Typical flag etiquette prescribes that prior to an American flag is kept or flown, its handlers must twice fold it in half lengthwise; then (from the other end opposite the blue field) make a triangular fold, continuously fold it in a triangular patter up until the other end is reached. This makes a triangular “cushion” of the flag with just the blue starred area showing outside, and it takes thirteen folds to create: 2 lengthwise folds and eleven triangular ones.
The flag isn’t really folded up in this fashion due to the fact that each of the folds has a special symbolic significance; the flag is folded this way since it gives a dignified ritualistic touch that differentiates folding a flag from folding an ordinary thing such as a bedsheet, as well as due to the fact that it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle form. This thirteen-fold procedure was a common method long prior to the creation of a ritualistic assignation of “suggesting” per of the actions.
A sophisticated flag folding ceremony integrating these meanings has actually since been devised for unique occasions such as Memorial Day as well as Veterans Day. These meanings are “genuine” in the sense that they indicate something to individuals that take part in the event, yet they are not the reason a flag is folded in the conventional thirteen-step fashion.
This is America as well as its sign is the American Flag. This honorable symbol has been targetted at, set fire to, spew on and also stepped on, but she rises time and again. Despite the fact that many Americans in the state of Idaho proudly fly the flag outside their homes and businesses each day, it is fitting that we, as a nation, have reserved one specific day yearly to recognize our flag and to remember that it represents the beliefs and also values that we must make every effort to promote. May God bless America as well as those that safeguard her.
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