Flag of the United States

The American flag (less commonly referred to as the US flag, 'Old Glory', 'The Stars and Stripes' or 'The Star Spangled Banner') is the national flag of the United States of America. The flag has 13 red and white stripes, which represent the original 13 colonies that fought in the American Revolution, and 50 stars to represent the fifty US states. Questions about the American flag can be directed here.

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How many stars are on the United states flag?

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There are 50 stars. Every star represents a state. 50 stars = 50 states. There are 50 stars on the US flag, each representing a state.
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What do the stripes on the US flag represent?

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Meaning of Red and White Stripes on US Flag There was an act that said that the flag of the thirteen United States would have thirteen stripes, alternated with red and white, and the union would be thirteen stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. Attributed to George Washington was that it takes the stars from the heavens, and the red from our mother country, separated by white stripes, and the white stripes would mean liberty. More input from Wikifriendus Contributors: The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have a different meaning. White represents courage and red represents the blood shed. The number of the stripes - 13 - signifies the 13 colonies of the time. The red, historically, represents the British while the white stripes cutting through the red is a political statement against Great Britain and its rule over the colonies. You will find that many flags of the time, including the flag of George Rogers Clark carried the tradition of intersected red fields. What I have found about what do the "colors" represent, are: Red-Hardiness, courage, White-Purity, innocence, Blue-Vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The web page ushistory.org gave me information about the Flag. It is said that the stars were taken from the sky, the red was inspired by the British colors, and the white stripes indicate secession from the home country. Yet, there is no official meaning for the colors of the flag. The red, white, and blue colors on the American flag represent philosophical values. Red: Blood, war, and courage. Blue: Justice and Freedom. White: Purity. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have different meanings. White means courage and red means bloodshed. Well, the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies of the U.S.A.. It used to be 1 stripe and star for each state, but with each new state that joined, another stripe and star had to be added. Eventually, there were so many stripes, it was decided that there would be only 13 stripes to honor the first 13 colonies and just a star for each state. June 14, 1777, congress declares the flag should have thirteen white stars in a blue background and thirteen alternate red and white stripes. The red means hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence. Blue is the color of the Chief. The star symbolizes heaven and the goal all man have been striving for. The stripe is a ray of light from the sun.
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What do the stripes represent on the US flag?

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The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies that formed the US. The original act of Congress said that the flag of the thirteen United States would have thirteen stripes, alternated with red and white, and the union would be thirteen stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. The stripes represented the 13 states of the Union. Attributed to George Washington was that it takes the stars from the heavens, and the red from our mother country, separated by white stripes, and the white stripes would mean liberty. As new states were added, a stripe and star was added for each state, But when the flag reached 15 stars and stripes, it was reverted so that the stripes remain at 13 to honor the first 13 colonies and a star is added for each state. More input from Wikifriendus Contributors: The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have a different meaning. White represents courage and red represents the blood shed. The number of the stripes - 13 - signifies the 13 colonies of the time. The red, historically, represents the British while the white stripes cutting through the red is a political statement against Great Britain and its rule over the colonies. You will find that many flags of the time, including the flag of George Rogers Clark carried the tradition of intersected red fields. What I have found about what do the "colors" represent, are: Red-Hardiness, courage, White-Purity, innocence, Blue-Vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The web page ushistory.org gave me information about the Flag. It is said that the stars were taken from the sky, the red was inspired by the British colors, and the white stripes indicate secession from the home country. Yet, there is no official meaning for the colors of the flag. The red, white, and blue colors on the American flag represent philosophical values. Red: Blood, war, and courage. Blue: Justice and Freedom. White: Purity. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The colors have different meanings. White means courage and red means bloodshed. June 14, 1777, congress declares the flag should have thirteen white stars in a blue background and thirteen alternate red and white stripes. The red means hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence. Blue is the color of the Chief. The star symbolizes heaven and the goal all man have been striving for. The stripe is a ray of light from the sun.
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How many gun owners are there in the United States of America?

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Number of guns and gun owners in USA. Most estimates range between 39% and 50% of US households having at least one gun (that's about 43-55 million households). The estimates for the number of privately owned guns range from 190 million to 300 million. Removed those that skew the stats for their own purposes the best estimates are about 45% or 52 million of American households owning 260 million guns). Some recent estimates: A 2011 Gallup poll estimates that 47 percent of US households own a gun. A 2007 Small Arms Survey estimates there are 88.7 guns per 100 Americans (#1 in the world for guns per capita) A 2010 estimate from the NRA states "Privately owned firearms in the U.S.: Approaching 300 million, including nearly 100 million handguns. The number of firearms rises over 4 million annually."
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Is it illegal to drag the American flag on the ground?

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It is not illegal in the sense that you can go to jail for it; however, "Flag Code" as found in Title 4 of the United States Code states "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise." So, while you will not go to jail for dragging the U.S. flag on the ground, it is actually against a U.S. Code that you either can or can not follow willingly. Many consider it disrespectful, not only to the flag, but to men and women in the military and to the country, to allow the country's flag to touch anything, including the ground, that is beneath it.
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What did the American flag look like in the 1800's?

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stars and stripes Since the original Flag Resolution by the Second Continental Congress on June 14th 1777 the flag of the United States of America has been 13 red and white alternating stripes with white stars in the blue upper left corner (canton) of the flag. Since 1777 the flag has remain basically the same with the exception of a star being added as new states joined the USA. There was one other difference: In 1795 the US flag had 15 stars for 15 states (Kentucky and Vermont joined the original 13) and the flag also had 15 stripes. Yes, 15 stripes for the 15 states in the union. This flag flew during the War of 1812 with the British. After that flag we went back to 13 stripes. In 1814 this 15-star/15-stripe flag flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor while British ships shelled the fort all night. Francis Scott Key observed this while being held on a British ship and eventually wrote a poem "Defense of Ft. M'Henry"... which became the words to OUR National Anthem. So, the "Star Spangled Banner" that we sing about in our nation's anthem had 15 stripes.
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Name some Polish American athletes?

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Bill Romanowski Paul Pozlusny Ron Jaworski Sebastian Janikowski Mark Stepnowski Steve Wisniewski
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How many red stripes are on the American flag?

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Simply there are exactly seven red stripes on the American flag. (There are six white stripes, for a total of 13, representing the 13 original American states. There are a total of 50 stars on the American flag - one for each state. Since the first US flag in 1777 there have been 27 different numbers and arrangements of stars. In 1795 after Kentucky and Vermont joined the US we added two more stars to the original 13 and two more stripes to the original 13. This is our "Star Spangled Banner" to which we dedicate our National Anthem: It has 15 stars and 15 stripes. In 1818, the Legislature decided to go back to 13 red and white alternating stripes representing the original 13 states and add a new star to the flag on the 4th of July for each new state.
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How many stars were there on the united states flag in 1927?

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48 states had been admitted to the Union in 1927. Alaska and Hawaii were admitted later.
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What is one rule of displaying the American flag?

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Do not let the flag touch the ground....If you do you have to burn it.
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What does the Jamaican flag mean?

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Jamaican Flag Meaning: The Jamaican flag is symbolized by the motto: 'Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth'. The black triangles represent the adversity Jamaica has overcome and for hardships it may have in the future. The green triangles represent hope and agriculture and the golden saltire (diagonal cross) stands for the mineral wealth of Jamaica and sunlight.
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How many stars does the American flag have?

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There is no single American flag. Each country in America, both north and south, has its own flag. Some have stars others do not. Should you be referring to the US flag then there are 50 stars presently. There are 50 stars on the current flag of the United States of America - one star for each state in the U.S.A. While "America" is commonly thought to describe the United States of America it is technically inaccurate. The American continent includes North America, Central America, and South America. Each of these Americas include a number of countries. For example North America includes Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Each country on the American continent has a different national flag. Read more: http://wiki.friendus.com/Q/How_many_stars_are_on_an_American_flag#ixzz25scNvKoZ
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How was the American flag made?

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Congress gives credit to Francis Hopkinson who designed the flag. The first flag was made for the navy in 1776 and it was a basic British flag with stripes. The second flag had stars where the British flag had a cross.
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Can time be folded?

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In Einstein's theory of gravitation, which is also referred to as General Relativity, space-time is warped (i.e., curved) by the presence of mass. It is not meaningful to speak of folding time alone, but rather one speaks of bending space-time. To make a significant bend in space-time, a very massive object (such as a star) or a very dense object (such as a black hole) is required. In 1915, Einstein succeeded in writing down an equation that describes how much space-time is curved in the presence of mass. That equation is a critical part of his General Theory of Relativity. It is not a simple equation to understand, since it requires first some understanding of tensors and Riemannian geometry. You will have to study math and physics for several years in order to understand it.
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What does the American flag stand for?

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The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 U.S. states and the 13 stripes represent the original Thirteen Colonies that rebelled against the British Crown and became the first states in the Union The star : is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun." Red Hardiness and valor Red represents the blood spilled protecting our home. Red: Signifies bravery. Red is for the blood of the patriots and those that fight for our country. Some say it represents the blood of American patriots. White Purity and innocence freedom Blue Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice Blue is for justice and perseverance. the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) Answer The red means the blood fought for victory, It may also mean freedom. The stripes represent the 13 original colonies, the stars represent the 50 states, and the white means freedom, I believe. America was foundered as a Christian nation. The stripes come from a verse in the Bible in Isaiah 53.5- By his stripes we were healed. This verse is quoted again in 1 Peter 2.24. In the Crucification account, Jesus was whipped 39 times, and the wounds appeared in the form of stripes. So the stripes on the American flag also represent Jesus being wounded for us so that we could be free from our sins. Concerning the stars on the flag, there is a verse in Daniel 12 about the righteous shining as the stars. Each of the 13 original states had a destiny to shine as the stars of heaven. Nothing. The is no such thing as the American flag.
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How many stars were there on the first American flag?

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The first official United States flag came from a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14th 1777, had 13 stars. However before this time the Grand Union Flag (Continental Colors) was used to represent the 13 Colonies, had 13 stripes and the British Union with no stars.
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What do you do with the American flag when a president dies?

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Tradition states that upon the death of a great American or other reason for national mourning, the flag is flow at half-mast - i.e. in the normal orientation, but only drawn half-way up the pole it is flown from. In most cases, government buildings will fly the flag at half-mast immediately after the death of a sitting or former President.
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Where can you find the 'Meet the Press' transcript for Sept 7 2008 Obama US flag stance?

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There is a hoax about President Obama, the Flag and a Meet the Press program on Sept 7, 2008. The email about disrespecting the US flag that attributed absurd dialogue to President Obama was fiction. The president was never on Meet the Press that day, and the times he was on, he never said anything bad about the flag. The guests for that day were Joe Biden and Tom Friedman, and the word Flag never appeared. You can get the transcript from the link in the related links section below. You can also find a link to the transcript for the DECEMBER 2008 Meet the Press when Barack Obama was a guest, but the word Flag was again not mentioned. There are also videos on YouTube for Meet the Press for September 2008 when Pres. Obama was not on the show, and for Meet the Press for December 2008 when Barack Obama was on the show, but never mentioned the flag. At YouTube you can enter in the search box, "Obama Meet the Press 2008 December" and again for September. You are probably asking this question because you saw an email that started as a piece of satire (i.e., like they do as a joke on the TV show "Saturday Night Live"). It is not the truth. It was written by John Semmens in 2007 in his Arizona Conservative Blog which he labels "semi-news, a satirical review of the events shaping our nation and the world" Semmens made up all the dialogue. You used to be able to get it from his blog, but now his archives only go back to 2009. Someone took it from his column, expanded the satire, wrapped it in a lie, and started forwarding it as if it were an email of truth. One version of the FALSE email from 2008 is below, there are also later modified versions: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT TRUE, IT WAS WRITTEN AS COMEDY SATIRE: Obama Explains National Anthem Stance Sun, 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, General Bill Ginn' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. The General also stated to the Senator that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171... During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. At the very least, "Stand and Face It" Senator Obama Live on Sunday states, "As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides, Obama said. 'There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it."We should consider to reinvent our National Anthem as well as to redesign our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. My wife disrespects the Flag for many personal reasons. Together she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in t he past, many years ago. She has her views and I have mine."
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What would the value be for this old flag 36 stars 35 w 8 L red strips outside then white strips blue strip center w 36 stars?

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I think it would be worth about 5,000 since there are not many kind of those flags that are out there. It could also be worth more!
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Is it true that the American flag is allowed to be displayed vertically with the union to the right for the recognition of fallen heroes?

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In accordance with Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 7 paragraph 1: When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
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What states are on the American flag?

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The 50 stars on the flag represent all 50 of the states.
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How many stars does American flag?

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50 for the 50 states. Other versions are earlier flags, always with the number of stars equalling the number of states. For example, the American flag with a circle of 13 stars: the flag of the original 13 colonies.
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What are the height and width requirements for the US flag?

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According to U.S. Code, the laws of the United States, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 1:
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How many stars on the American flag today?

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There is not now, nor has there ever been such thing as the 'American' flag. Continents do not have flags. Each country has its own. Should you mean the US flag then see the related question below.