The American flag and its protocol

The Flag of the United States of America is a symbol of freedom and liberty to which Americans pledge their allegiance by standing at attention, facing the flag with the right hand over the heart, and reciting:

“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.”

The flag consists of 13 alternating red and white stripes that represent the 13 original colonies, and 50 white stars on a blue field, with each star representing a state. The colors on the flag represent:

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  • Red: valor and bravery
  • White: purity and innocence
  • Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice

 

Source: https://www.usa.gov/flag#PAGE_2

 

 

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