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History of the American Flag

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

The national flag of the United States, often referred to as the American flag or the U.S. flag, consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton, referred to as the union and bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternate with rows of five stars.

You frequently see flags when traveling throughout the United States. On special holidays where America celebrates their independence there will be an abundance of American Flags throughout the streets and frequently seen hanging on flag poles from American's front porch.

Since the election of Donald J Trump there has been a definite resurgence of American flag and it is also a trigger for the opposition to American Nationalism and American's have been known to frequently gather in support of their political leaders and have American Flags held on boats in boat parades, jeep and truck parades and support of their freedoms that they hold dear.

Most of America grew up siting the Pledge of Allegiance in their classrooms. However, the younger generation seems to not understand the importance of the independence and our rights as American's and what the American Flag truly stands for.

When folding the American flag you should always follow these recommendations

  1. Begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

  2. Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

  3. Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.

  4. Make a rectangular fold then a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open top edge of the flag, starting the fold from the left side over to the right.

  5. Turn the outer end point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

  6. The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner (usually thirteen triangular folds, as shown at right). On the final fold, any remnant that does not neatly fold into a triangle (or in the case of exactly even folds, the last triangle) is tucked into the previous fold.

  7. When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

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