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The American Flag

American flag - click to see 50 state flags
American flag; photo by Raul Luna on Flickr (noncommercial use
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Old Glory | Star Spangled Banner | U.S. Flag

American flag history video

The U.S. flag is a strong symbol of American identity and national pride. Stars are a symbol of the heavens and the goals to which humankind aspires; stripes are symbolic of rays of light from the sun. 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States (see dates of statehood for all 50 states).

"Old Glory" has had a colorful history, and there are so many excellent web pages on the American flag that we cannot hope to improve on the presentation; a great place to begin is the Smithsonian's Star Spangled Banner website.

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The American flag is the focus of the Marine Corp Memorial in Washington D.C. (photo by dbking on Flickr; use permitted with attribution). See All State Flags.
Links:
Evolution of the United States Flag: US Flag Website
The Flag - Ben's Guide to U.S. History.
Old Glory: The Flag of the USA by Duane Streufert
The History of Flag Day - June 14th: National Flag of the USA
The Pledge of Allegiance
National Colors - Red, White, & Blue
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