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Why is the American Flag Red, White, and Blue?
What is the Meaning of the Red, White, and Blue in the American Flag?
Why is the flag of the United States red, white, and blue? Wondering about the significance of those colors?
Traditionally, it is said that George Washington believed the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country.
It turns out that no official reason for the choice of the colors was recorded by the Continental Congress. It is true, though, that in 1782 the Congress of the Confederation chose red, white, and blue for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as white for purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
No matter what the original meaning of the colors, our "grand old flag," continues to represent patriotism and pride in the United States, land that we love, home of the free and the brave.
Read on to learn more about Old Glory, the red, white, and blue, our American flag.
A Field of Red, White, and Blue American Flags for Heroes
When Should You Fly the American Flag?
Any day, but especially:
President's Day (3rd Monday in February)
Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May)
Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
Flag Day (June 14)
Independence Day (4th of July)
Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
Patriot's Day (September 11)
Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
Veterans Day (November 11)
POLL: Do You Display the American Flag at Your House? If you're not from the USA, do you fly your country's flag?
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"The Flag Still Stands for Freedom and They Can't Take That Away!"
Are you proud to be an American? Do you get goosebumps when you hear this song? I certainly do. Enjoy this video version with gorgeous pictures featuring the flag's red and white stripes and blue field of stars, including photos of the brave troops who defend her every day.
What Are the Rules for Saluting the American Flag?
Every American should show respect for the flag by standing at attention and placing their hand over their heart during the playing of the National Anthem or as a flag passes in a parade or procession. Men should also remove their hats.
Individuals in uniform plus service members, retirees, or veterans out of uniform are allowed by law to render a hand salute to the flag. This is a recent law, part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. Read about it at this link.
An American Flag for Every American Home
Have you been putting off buying a flag? Displaying your patriotism is more important than ever these days! Every American family should own and fly a flag, at least on patriotic holidays. The flag linked below is an excellent choice. You'll find more sizes and options on the product page.
Need a Flag to Display?
This one would be an excellent choice. An American flag, made in the U.S.A. Note that this company not only makes quality flags (check their feedback), they also donate 30 percent back to Families of Fallen Officers. Available in several sizes.
What Are Some Nicknames for the American Flag?
* Old Glory
* The Stars and Stripes
* The Star-Spangled Banner
* The Red, White & Blue
Helpful Information About the American Flag, to Educate Yourself and Your Children
- American U.S. Flag Guidelines Rules Etiquette
The Old Farmer’s Almanac provides a list of etiquette regarding the display, care and positioning of the American Flag, as advised by Congress.
"All the knowledge you need." This page answers questions about the meaning of the colors in the American flag.
Here's an entire site dedicated to the flag of the United States of America. Includes sections on history and frequently asked questions about the flag.
- Flag Etiquette
Also from USFlag.org, this page addresses flag etiquette, the do's and don't's of displaying the flag and how to treat our flag.
- The Betsy Ross Homepage
Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag? This page answers this question and more.
- The Flag of the United States on Wikipedia
Wikipedia offers facts and history about the United States flag.
- How to Fold the American Flag
This video demonstrates exactly how to handle and fold a flag. This flag is the same size as the flag offered for sale above.
- The American Legion's Flag Advocacy Page
Ask the flag expert or join the Citizens Flag Alliance from this page.
Teach Your Children the Story of the American Flag
How much do you and your children know about the American flag, not just the colors but more about why this emblem is so important to us as citizens of the greatest country in the world?
Every child should be taught about the flag, the history and how the flag came to be. Here's a beautiful book for your collection, one to read then re-read on patriotic occasions to reinforce what the flag means as a true symbol of American patriotism and pride.
Especially for 1st through 3rd grade, but perfect for all ages. Beautiful large, bright illustrations help tell the story.
More Information for American Patriots and History Buffs
- Flag Day in United States
Learn more about why Americans celebrate Flag Day on June 14th.
- The Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag
In 1892 Francis Bellamy composed what eventually came to be the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. It usually began the day for school children, as they recited the Pledge with their hand over their hearts. Learn more on this page.
- The Things of Life: WAC Organization: For A Good Cause
What was it like to serve as a WAC? What was that organization? Learn from someone who's been there and done that in this interesting article.
© 2009 Susan Deppner