Old Glory - The Meaning Behind The Flag!
The 13 alternating red and white stripes are both symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun, as well as to pay homage to the original 13 colonies. Red signifies hardiness and valor, and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
There were originally 13 stars, representing the original 13 states. With the addition of new states to the Union, the number of stars on the flag gradually increased to its present number of fifty; a new star would be added to the blue field on the fourth of July after the date of each new state’s admission.
Even though many Americans proudly fly the flag outside their homes and businesses every day, it is fitting that we, as a country, have set aside one specific day each year to honor our flag and to remember that it represents the ideals and values that we should strive to uphold.