We're so accustomed to seeing the beautiful red, white and blue flowing image of our grand old flag, yet many of us have forgotten what in the world the stars and stripes stand for. If you have a youngster handy, they just might be able to educate you, but lacking an available child, here is a short primer on the meaning and symbolism of the stars and stripes emblazoned on the Old American Flag.
Boldly reaching across the width of Old Glory are 13 alternating red and white stripes. Each one of these stripes represent the original thirteen colonies of the United States. They got to thirteen and then changed plans, deciding to halt any additional stripes, so the American flag still sports thirteen stripes to this day.
The beautiful white 5-point stars sitting upon the blue rectangle of the American flag represent each state. There are 50 stars just as there are 50 United States of America.
We all know the red, white and blue as well as we know our own faces (better, probably) but what each color stands for is likely a mystery to most, so here's the explanation. On the US flag, the red stripes stand for courage, hardiness and blood shed from the brave men and woman who fought and continue to fight for America. The white stripes in the Flag symbolize purity and equality. The blue portion of the American flag stands for justice, perseverance and vigilance.