The American Flag, Historical & Patriotic
The American flag is a symbol of pride and freedom for all Americans. “The Star Spangled Banner”, the National Anthem, proclaims, “And the rockets red glare / the bombs bursting in air / gave proof through the night / that our flag was still there.”
Our flag flying through the smoke of warfare gave hope to Americans and ever since the flag has been a symbol of that hope and unity.After the tragedy of 9/11, the American flag was still flying after the dust had settled, creating a sense of hope and the knowledge that the country would go on in the face of adversity.
Today, countries from all around the world look to the American flag for the same hope and inspiration. The flag started as a banner to celebrate America’s freedom and now stands as an icon of world diplomacy.
The flag’s beginnings are shroud in controversy: did Betsy Ross really make the first true American flag design? The story has been passed down for generations. And, even though there is no hard evidence pointing to her actually making the flag (and substantial evidence against it), the lore has become a classic American tale. In cases like this, sometimes the “story” is just as good as the actual history.
There are many specific rules for flying the flag, including when to fly it and its proximity to other flags. For instance, on American soil, the US flag needs to be generally flown higher than all other flags in its vicinity. There is also a specific way to fold the flag and specific rules about when to fly the flag at half-staff. Did you know that after a current or former President dies, the flag is flown at half-staff for 30 days? Also, on Memorial Day, remember to fly your flag at half-staff until noon, then hoist the flag back up to the top of the pole.
American flags are given so much respect because citizens of the United States equate the flag with the country they love. As time goes on, changes to the flag will almost certainly occur. But, for sure, the “red, white, and blue” will always fly high above many homes and businesses all over the country.