American Flags around New Zion.
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The U.S. flag is a strong symbol of American identity and national pride. Called Old Glory, the U.S. flag has a vivid history and also has gone through several modifications since the first official flag of 1777.
Today the American flag includes thirteen straight stripes, seven red rotating with six white stripes. The stripes stand for the original 13 colonies; the stars stand for the 50 states of the nation. The colors of the flag are symbolic too: red signifies strength and valiance, white signifies purity and virtue and also blue stands for vigilance, determination as well as justice. However, the factor the Continental Congress initially picked the red, white, as well as blue shades was not made clear in the resolution embracing the flag. Historians think it was most likely a shade selection based on the British Union Jack, which had previously flown over the colonies.
Gradually, some have connected slightly various significances to the three shades, for example, the color red representing the bloodshed spilled to maintain our freedoms, yet the essence of the initial meaning has actually been fairly consistent since 1782.
Just how did the American flag become just what it is today?
It is so much more than the 3 shades or a “decor”. Think of the locations around the globe that the American flag has actually flown, think of the change it has actually undergone throughout the years on American land. It is absolutely humbling to consider all that was given as well as compromised to ensure that the American flag can fly openly across this nation.
The flag that began with only 13 stars grew to 50 with the addition of other states to the Union. The variety of stars on the flag progressively increased to its existing number today where a new star would certainly be added to the blue area on the 4th of July after the date of each new state’s admission.
The number of rotating straight red and white stripes has actually continued to be at thirteen except from 1795 to 1818 when fifteen stripes showed up on the flag to show the admission of Kentucky and also Vermont to the Union. In 1818, it was agreed that adding a stripe to the flag for every new state would not take place as it will certainly make the flag appear crowded and it would certainly make the flag unwieldy. It was determined then that the flag would go back to containing only thirteen stripes to represent the initial colonies.
The American flag is a sign not just of hardiness, valiance, purity, innocence, vigilance, willpower and also justice; it is an icon of freedom. Liberty that has actually been combatted so hard for over the years. Liberty that has cost this nation as well as the households within so much, and yet it is still a sign to those wishing they had the liberty that the nation has.
Folding the American flag.
Traditional flag etiquette suggests that prior to an American flag is stored or presented, its handlers need to twice fold it in half lengthwise; then (from the other end opposite the blue field) make a triangular fold, continuing to fold it in triangles up until the other end is reached. This makes a triangular “pillow” of the flag with only heaven starred field revealing on the outside, and also it takes thirteen folds to produce: 2 lengthwise folds and eleven triangular ones.
The flag isn’t really folded up in this fashion since each of the folds has a unique symbolic definition; the flag is folded this way since it gives a dignified ritualistic touch that differentiates folding a flag from folding a regular item such as a bedsheet, as well as due to the fact that it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle form. This thirteen-fold treatment was a common technique long before the development of a ritualistic assignation of “meaning” per of the steps.
A fancy flag folding event incorporating these meanings has actually since been designed for special occasions such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These associations are “real” in the sense that they imply something to individuals that join the event, however they are not the reason a flag is folded up in the typical thirteen-step way.
This is America and also its icon is the American Flag. This honorable symbol has been targetted at, set fire to, spew upon and also stepped on, but she rises over and over. Despite the fact that lots of Americans in the state of South Carolina proudly fly the flag outside their homes and businesses each day, it is fitting that we, as a nation, have actually alloted one specific day annually to recognize our flag and to keep in mind that it stands for the ideals as well as values that we should make every effort to promote. May God honor America and also those who defend her.
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