United States Flag Meaning & Details

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 United States Flag
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  • 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white

  • there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars

  • the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies

  • the blue stands for loyalty, devotion, truth, justice, and friendship

  • red symbolizes courage, zeal, and fervency, while white denotes purity and rectitude of conduct

  • commonly referred to by its nickname of Old Glory

    note: the design and colors have been the basis for a number of other flags, including Chile, Liberia, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico


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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook

 

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