American Flags around Monroe Bridge.
Made in the USA!
The U.S. flag is a strong sign of American identity as well as national pride. Also known as Old Glory, the U.S. flag has a vibrant history and has undergone many changes since the first official flag of 1777.
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, 7 red alternating with 6 white stripes. The shades of the flag are symbolic as well: red signifies hardiness and valiance, white represents purity and also innocence and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
In time, some have actually connected a little different definitions to the 3 colors, as an example, the color red signifying the bloodshed spilled to maintain our freedoms, but the essence of the original significance has actually been fairly constant from 1782.
How did the American flag become just what it is today?
It is so much greater than the 3 shades or a “decoration”. Think of the areas around the world that the American flag has actually flown, think of the improvement it has actually gone through throughout the years on American territory. It is absolutely humbling to think about all that was provided as well as given up so that the American flag can fly openly throughout this nation.
The flag that began with just 13 stars grew to 50 with the addition of new states to the Union. The variety of stars on the flag progressively increased to its existing number today wherein a brand-new star would be included in the blue area on the 4th of July after the day of each new state’s admission.
The variety of rotating straight red as well as white stripes has stayed at thirteen except from 1795 to 1818 when fifteen stripes showed up on the flag to note the admission of Kentucky and Vermont to the Union. In 1818, it was agreed that including a stripe to the flag for each and every new state would no longer happen as it will certainly make the flag look crowded and it would certainly make the flag unwieldy. It was agreed then that the flag would go back to having only thirteen stripes to stand for the initial colonies.
The American flag is an icon not just of strength, valor, purity, virtue, vigilance, determination as well as justice; it is a symbol of liberty. Freedom that has actually been fought so hard for over the years. Liberty that has cost this country and the families within a lot, and yet it is still a beacon to those wishing they had the liberty that the country has.
Folding the American flag.
Typical flag etiquette prescribes that prior to an American flag is kept or flown, its handlers need to two times 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 until the other end is reached. This makes a triangular “cushion” of the flag with only heaven starred field showing on the outside, and also it takes thirteen folds to generate: two lengthwise folds and also eleven triangular ones.
The flag isn’t folded in this way because each of the folds has a unique symbolic significance; the flag is folded in this manner due to the fact that it supplies a dignified ritualistic touch that differentiates folding a flag from folding a normal item such as a bed cover, and also because it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle shape. This thirteen-fold procedure was an usual method long prior to the development of a ritualistic assignation of “indicating” to each of the steps.
An elaborate flag folding ceremony incorporating these meanings has actually from then on been devised for unique events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These connections are “genuine” in the sense that they mean something to individuals that join the ceremony, but they are not the reason why a flag is folded in the traditional thirteen-step manner.
This is America as well as its symbol is the American Flag. This respectable sign has been targetted at, set fire to, spit on and also stomped on, but she rises over and over. Even though lots of Americans in the state of Massachusetts happily fly the flag outside their homes and businesses everyday, it is fitting that we, as a country, have reserved one particular day every year to recognize our flag as well as to bear in mind that it stands for the beliefs as well as values that we ought to make every effort to uphold. May God bless America and those who safeguard her.
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