The Flag of the United States of America

The flag of the United States of America is often referred to as the American flag. The Flag of the United States of America is a symbol of freedom and liberty to which Americans pledge their allegiance by standing at attention, facing the flag with their right hand over the heart, and reciting:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The flag consists of 13 alternating red and white stripes that represent the 13 original colonies, and 50 white stars on a blue field, with each star representing a state. The colors on the flag represent:

  • Red: valor and bravery
  • White: purity and innocence
  • Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice

How to fly the flag

  • The American flag is the 3rd oldest flag in the world – older than the Union Jack of Britain or the tricolor of France.
  • Congress made the American flag design official on June 14, 1777. That day is now known as Flag Day in the United States.
  • The American flag was flown for the first time at Fort Stanwix, which is present Rome, New York.
  • What do the colors of the American flag mean? In a nutshell, red is for valor and zeal. White stands for purity and cleanliness of life. Blue represents loyalty, justice, and truth.
  • The nickname “Old Glory” was first used by Captain William Driver on August 10, 1831.
  • The American flag first flew over foreign territory on the Bahamas on January 28th, 1778 at Fort Nassau.
  • The version of the flag we use today was created by Robert Heft at age 18 for a school assignment. Heft, wanting a higher grade, proposed that his grade be changed from a B- to an A if Congress accepted his flag as the new and current US flag. The flag was officially changed in 1958 and Robert Heft got the grade he wanted.
  • There are currently 6 American flags ‘flying’ on the Moon from missions Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
  • Flying an American flag upside-down is only acceptable in cases of dire emergency. It’s like an SOS signal meaning, “Help Me! It’s an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!”
Flag Facts
Flag Day,June 14th.
The Military Service Flag or Blue Star Service Banner
Goldstar Banner History
The evolution of the Flag
The history of Flag Day.
The National Flag Day Foundation celebrates at Fort McHenry.
How did the flag become known as "OLD GLORY"?
Francis Scott Key and why he was there on September 14th, 1814.
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