National (U.S.) Flag


United States flag

United States flag; photo by Raul Luna on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Old Glory

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. Thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States. White signifies purity and innocence, red signifies valor and bravery; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Also known as Old GloryThe Star Spangled Banner, or simply The Stars and Stripes - the U.S. flag has a colorful history and has undergone many changes since the first official flag of 1777.

National (U.S.)


American flag and patriotic pooch; photo by Randy Robertson on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

American flag and patriotic pooch

Sea of red, white, and blue; photo by Pieter TER KUILE on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

American red, white, and blue

The star spangled banner; photo by Wouter de Bruijn on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

The star spangled banner


National Constitution Center "The History of the U.S. Flag"