The Creation and Symbolism of the American Flag

Our American Flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom throughout the world.

The Creation and Symbolism of the American Flag


Our American Flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom throughout the world. Patriotic Americans who look deeply into the folds of Old Glory often see so much more. If we witness those who disrespect our flag, it is our right, privilege and duty to inspire, enlighten and engage others in loving it, respecting it and understanding the history and sacrifice woven in the fabric of even the smallest emblem of our freedom.


Every aspect of the American flag has merit, and a lot of thought and contemplation went into its design over 183 years.


Listen to the deeply emotional words of George Washington as he describes with passion, not only the design, but the heart wrenching experience of separation from his “mother country” and the devotion to his a new nation, actually representing the fragile colonies by describing them as the “stars from heaven”!


“We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus shoing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.”

George Washington


The establishment of the an official flag for the new nation, was set forth on June 14, 1777 when Congress passed the first Flag Act:

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”


Congress passed several acts between 1777 and 1960 that would change the shape, arrangement and design of the flag to reflect the changing times. Additional stars would be added to recognize the addition of each new state.


The American Flag of today consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red, alternating with six white. The original 13 colonies are represented in the 13 stripes. The 50 states of the Union are  now represented by 50 white stars.

As history unfolds, we must be willing to adjust with the times, and the changes made to the flag remind us of our flexibility. But flexibility must be counter balanced with stability, as we see in the steadfastness in keeping the original colors of the American flag.

Red signifies hardiness and valor.

White signifies purity and innocence.

Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

Its hard to value anything that we can’t put a price on, in this case, the price is freedom. Ignorance will prevail if we withhold knowledge. We must never allow the conversation about the flag to be hijacked by personal grievances or foolish disrespectful actions. This flag stands for freedom paid with a price. The price of centuries of sons and daughters who served to protect and preserve our liberty.

The words of Woodrow Wilson exemplify the importance understanding our history and future with intelligence and respect in a timeless manner:

“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war. And yet, though silent, it speaks to us — speaks to us of the past, or the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.”

President Woodrow Wilson, 1917 (28th President of the United States)

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