Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday!

In May of 1776, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.
On June 14, 1777, the Contenental Congress passed the first Flag Act which
established an official flag.
Between 1777 and 1960, Congress passed several acts which changed the shape, design and arrangment of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stipes to be added.
Presently, the flag constists of thirteen horizontal strips, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors are also symbolic: red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor; white symbolizes Purity and Innocence; and, blue represents Vigilance, Perserverance and Justice.

No comments: