The American Flag
THE AMERICAN FLAG
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
- Symbol of freedom and justice for all Americans.
- Stands for the union of separate states into one undivided nation.
- Also called Stars and Stripes, Star-Spangler Banner, Old Glory.
- The 7 red and 6 white stripes stand for the original 13 states.
- The blue field with 50 stars represent the union of 50 states (the original flag had 13 stars ... stars are added for each state admitted to the union).
- The flag was adopted in Congress on June 14,1777 (some states celebrate this date as Flag Day).
- There are rules of behavior to show respect and to honor the flag, such as saluting or standing at attention (facing the flag).
- There are rules for displaying, carrying, using, and storing the flag.
- The pledge of allegiance to the flag is a sincere promise of faithfulness and loyalty to the flag and to the country and freedom it represents.
"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."
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