At home and abroad, the American flag stands guard for a timeless idea of liberty and freedom. It embodies these values on an ongoing march towards liberation
of mankind. The love for our flag is deeply rooted in our nation's
history and its continued march towards a more perfect union. The current 50 star banner was designed in 1958 by a high school student named Robert G. Heft. His teacher Mr. Stanley Pratt asked
his students to design a flag for the admittance of Hawaii and Alaska. Graded with a B-, Stanley offered Robert to raise the grade should his version gets accepted in Washington as the
nation's flag. Two years later, Robert was already out of high school, his teacher gave him an A.
Unfortunately, Heft passed away in 2009 but he has left us another great legacy, that is his very patriotic version of the 51 star banner in case Puerto Rico is admitted to the U.S some day in the future.
⋆HEFT'S 51 STAR BANNER⋆
⋆OLD GLORY REFLECTS
During the course of the nation's history the flag has changed several times. Whenever new states were admitted to the union, a star for each state was added to Old Glory on July 4th. Until June 24 in 1912, neither the order of the white stars nor the right proportions of the American flag was prescribed. That is why Old Glory prior to this period sometimes showed unusual arrangements of the stars.
The evolution of the American flag reflects American history from the very beginning. It is the story of the greatest nation on earth.
⋆FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA⋆
HOW THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT
SHAPED OUR FLAG
Every time when a new state was admitted to the Union, a star was added to the American flag on July 4th. Therefore, the Louisiana Purchase as well as the
Westward Movement had a great influence on the shape of our American flag. Old Glory reflects America's destiny to spread
from coast to coast.
⋆BY DAWNS EARLY LIGHT⋆
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
BY FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
September 13, 1814:
It was a rainy night when the British launched an attack on Fort Mc. Henry.
Francis Scott Key, a 35 year old American lawyer, found himself detained on board of a British warship in sight of Fort Mc. Henry. The bombardment was all night
long. By dawns early light, Francis Scott Key was wondering which flag would be raised over the fort. Old Glory waved proudly over Fort Mc Henry and signified that the fort did not fall. He wrote
a poem and its words became the text to the national anthem.
EITHER FOR US OR AGAINST!
THE THINGS THE FLAG STANDS FOR WERE CREATED BY THE EXPERIENCES OF A GREAT PEOPLE. EVERYTHING THAT IT STANDS FOR WAS WRITTEN BY THEIR LIVES: THE FLAG IS THE EMBODIMENT, NOT OF SENITMENT, BUT OF HISTORY
On June 14 in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution for the design of the American flag. In 1885, a small town teacher from Wisconsin named Bernard Cigrand came up with the idea for an annual flag day. Together with his students and colleagues the first flag day was celebrated. President Woodrow Wilson officially declared June 14 as Flag Day in 1916. Ever since, Flag Day is observed throughout the U.S.
⋆RESPECT FOR FLAG⋆
OUR ALL DUTY
On Flag Day in 1923 the National Flag Code was constructed. Prior to June 14, 1923, there were no officials guidelines governing the display of the United
States flag. There were certain attempts to officially protect the United States flag but unfortunately, they have failed. However, any American can show respect for the U.S. flag by following
the U.S. Flag Code.
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF- EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
⋆AMERICAN VALUES AND IDEALS⋆
The world may has changed, politicians come and go, but the meaning of the American flag stayed true, and it has to remain true because everything else would be unpatriotic treason. Old Glory can teach any American citizen to become a better version of him- or herself. Take that for granted! It represents certain timeless patriotic ideals that are depicted in the following:
BROWN OR WHITE⋆
⋆WHAT AN IDEAL CITIZEN WOULD LOOK LIKE⋆
Indeed, the stage of becoming an ideal citizen seems inaccessible if not impossible due to the fact that we are human beings but we may can get close to it if we internalize the symbolism behind the American flag. There are several virtues assigned for each color of the American flag. Red stands for valor, courage and hardiness, but what exactly does it mean? Valor and courage seems to be the same but it is not. Whereas courage means that you should not hestitate to stand up for yourself and others, valor is the braveness to cope with difficult and dangerous situations.
White represents innocence and purity. In order to protect liberty and freedom the term innocence applies if we take our brave soldiers into account. They fight for freedom. Thus, we should honor them in an appropriate way. Purity should be taken into consideration if we take the American Way into account. Our culture needs to be protected in order to stay an American one. Even though the United States is a nation of immigrants, a special way of life, the American Way of life has developed. This unique American lifestyle needs to be protected. First and foremost for Americans, but also for the rest of the world to keep America a shining city upon a hill, or to put it in Reagan's words, this needs to be secured by any means in order to pass it on to the next generation. Blue stands for justice and perseverance. We all seek justice and demand it. Sometimes we have to show hardiness here and than to open the door for justice. Therefore, we should not precipitate our actions but do them with deliberation. All of this may be easier said than done but a good start to approximate the idea of being an ideal citizen is it to show respect for flag in all circumstances. In other words to love the American flag not only when the sun is shining but also during the storm. That is why an ideal citizen always stands for the flag because this citizen knows the history the American flag went through during her march for greater liberty very well. Showing respect for Old Glory can be already done by every American OF EVERY BACKGROUND who loves the United States by pledging allegiance.
⋆WHETHER BLACK OR BROWN OR WHITE⋆
⋆WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE⋆
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and published in the Youth's Companion. In its original version the arm was extended towards the flag.
By saying the Pledge of Allegiance you show your deepest love and loyalty to an Empire of Liberty, called the United States. Anyone who would like to see the Pledge of Allegiance banned from school is either a traitor or insane. In the first case it is a person who is against liberty and all good virtues and values the U.S. stands for. There is nothing to discuss about that! How can anyone be against liberty but enjoy at the same time all the privileges liberty brings with it? Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is an occasion where you put country before your personal sensitivities. Refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance as an American makes you trash - Period.
SEIZE THE DAY
Perhaps the idea of being born free is expressed the best in John Wayne's song "Face the flag" where it says that we should "Face the flag of stars and bars of red and white and blue. A flag that guarantees the rights for men like me and you". Whereas most of us were born free in the homeland or abroad (bloodright: jus sanguinis), others seek to join our great American family because of their love and dedication to freedom, liberty and justice. The stage of being free enables each one of us to find complete expression, and to live up our God given potential in every fields of society without fearing oppression or paternalism. However, freedom is not free and it is our all duty to protect and defend the greatest gift of all: liberty.
⋆AMERICAN FLAG AND SONGS⋆
"THIS AIN 'T NO RAG
IT 'S A FLAG"
Artists from almost every music genre have shown their love and devotion for our great American flag. Here is just a small selection of songs, honoring Old Glory:
YOU CAN HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT MANY THINGS IN LIFE: FOOD, MUSIC, ART AND PEOPLE - BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LIBERTY, YOU ARE EITHER FOR - OR AGAINST IT. FOR - OR AGAINST. I DON´T KNOW YOUR COURSE, BUT FOR ME IT IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY LIBERTY!
T H E G U Y
GO AGAINST ONE OF US,
YOU GO AGAINST ALL OF U.S. -
THE PATRIOT ACT
"The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all
attacks. We have received them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to
us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it
is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
(SONS OF LIBERTY 1765)