Our Flag

25 05 2011

The national flag of the United States of America (the “American flag”) consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The fifty stars on the flag represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies and became the first states in the Union. Nicknames for the flag include the “Stars and Stripes”, “Old Glory,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” (also the name of the national anthem).

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