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The United States flag is a strong sign of American identity and national pride. Additionally called Old Glory, the American flag has a vivid background and has actually undertaken numerous adjustments since the very first official flag of 1777.
Today the U.S. flag contains thirteen straight stripes, 7 red alternating with six white stripes. The stripes represent the initial 13 colonies; the stars stand for the 50 states of the nation. The shades of the flag are symbolic as well: red represents hardiness and valor, white represents purity and innocence and blue stands for vigilance, determination and also justice. Nonetheless, the factor the Continental Congress initially selected the red, white, as well as blue colors was not made clear in the resolution taking on the flag. Historians believe it was most likely a shade option based upon the British Union Jack, which had actually formerly flown over the colonies.
Over time, some have attributed a little different definitions to the 3 colors, for instance, the shade red signifying the blood spilled to preserve our freedoms, but the significance of the original definition has actually been rather constant from 1782.
Just how did the American flag grow into just what it is today?
It is a lot greater than the 3 shades or a “design”. Think of the places around the world that the American flag has flown, think about the change it has actually gone through throughout the decades on American soil. It is truly humbling to think of all that was given as well as given up to make sure that the American flag could fly openly across this nation.
The flag that started with only 13 stars grew to 50 with the addition of states to the Union. The variety of stars on the flag progressively increased to its existing number today wherein a brand-new star would certainly be included in the blue field on the 4th of July after the date of each new state’s admission.
The variety of rotating straight red as well as white stripes has actually remained at thirteen except from 1795 to 1818 when fifteen stripes appeared on the flag to note the admission of Kentucky and Vermont to the Union. In 1818, it was agreed that adding a stripe to the flag for each new state would not occur as it will certainly make the flag appear crowded as well as it would make the flag unwieldy. It was decided then that the flag would go back to including only thirteen stripes to stand for the initial colonies.
The American flag is a sign not just of strength, valiance, pureness, innocence, vigilance, willpower and also justice; it is a sign of liberty. Freedom that has been battled so hard for over the years. Liberty that has actually cost this country as well as the households within a lot, and yet it is still a beacon to those desiring they had the liberty that the country has.
Folding up the American flag.
Traditional flag etiquette suggests that before an American flag is stored or presented, its handlers should twice fold it in half lengthwise; then (from the other end opposite the blue field) make a triangular fold, remaining to fold it in a triangular patter til the other end is reached. This makes a triangular “pillow” of the flag with only the blue starred area revealing outside, and also it takes thirteen folds to generate: two lengthwise folds and also eleven triangular ones.
The flag isn’t really folded in this way due to the fact that each of the folds has a special symbolic definition; the flag is folded in this manner since it supplies a dignified ritualistic touch that differentiates folding a flag from folding a common object such as a bed cover, and due to the fact that it results an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-handle shape. This thirteen-fold treatment was a typical method long prior to the creation of a ceremonial assignation of “meaning” to every of the steps.
A fancy flag folding ceremony integrating these significances has since been devised for special celebrations such as Memorial Day and also Veterans Day. These associations are “genuine” in the sense that they mean something to the people that participate in the event, however they are not the reason why a flag is folded in the conventional thirteen-step way.
This is America and also its icon is the American Flag. This respectable sign has been shot at, burned, spew on and stomped on, but she rises repeatedly. Despite the fact that lots of Americans in the state of Minnesota happily fly the flag outside their homes and businesses each day, it is fitting that we, as a country, have alloted one particular day every year to recognize our flag as well as to keep in mind that it represents the beliefs and values that we ought to aim to maintain. May God bless America as well as those that defend her.
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