American Flag

American Flag

Description, Information and Facts about the American Flag

As the above picture of the American Flag indicates the overall background is 13 equal horizontal stripes of red alternating with white stripes and in the upper hoist-side corner (canton) there is a blue rectangle bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars

The 50 stars on the American Flag represent the 50 states of America

The number of stripes on the American flag represent the 13 original colonies which are known as Old Glory

The red stripes are at the top and bottom of American Flags

The stars are arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of stars - Six stars are displayed on the top and bottom rows of American Flags

The rows of six stars alternate with rows of five stars on American Flags

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the American flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The basic style shown in the picture of the American flag is described as Canton

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the American flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

The upper left quarter of the flag is called the Canton and pictures the stars

The Meaning of the American Flag - The American flag now represents the 50 states of America and the 13 original colonies. The dates when the States were admitted are detailed further down this page

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