The flag's colors are also meaningful; red denotes hardiness and courage, white represents purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, endurance, and justice. These same meanings apply to the blood spilled during the American Revolution and the wars that have followed.
The first official national flag was given by Congress on July 4, 1777. It was a simple square of 13 horizontal and 13 vertical red and white stripes with a blue center stripe. This original flag still exists today.
During the Revolutionary War, many foreign countries made flags that were similar to our own in design but had different colors. These foreign flags helped inspire what would become the modern country flag.
After the war, Congress did not want to waste money on a new flag so they passed legislation on January 16, 1806 that provided that the flag used by the Department of State should be the same as the one used by the Army. The only difference between these flags was that the Army flag had a red background while the Department of State flag had a blue background. This statute remained in effect until March 3, 1863 when it was repealed by Congress. During this time period, there were often changes made to the Army flag by Congress. For example, in 1850, the number of stars was reduced from 32 to 31 due to costs being considered.
The three colors of red, white, and blue are primarily those of the American flag. Blue symbolizes alertness, endurance, and justice; red symbolizes hardiness and courage; and white symbolizes purity and innocence. The colors of the Chinese flag are green and yellow. These two colors are said to represent longevity and happiness.
The first official American flag was given to Congress on July 4, 1777. It was a blue field with a white star field in the center representing 13 colonies. The color scheme was chosen by Pennsylvania congressman David Hall who had been appointed to design a national flag for use by the United States government. The original flag flew for only about 10 years before it was burned in the public square during a protest against British policies. A new flag was not issued until 1795 when Congress authorized its creation should another nation's flag be captured during an armed conflict.
Through the years, many designs have been suggested for an American flag. Some proposals included flags with colored stripes, stars, or both; some were based on existing flags such as the British flag or the colonial flag of their respective countries; others used symbols that may have been associated with America at the time. However, it has always remained a blue field with a white star field in the center.
The current version of the American Flag was adopted in 1777.
Although the colors did not have a specific meaning when the American flag was created, they were determined in 1782 for the Great Seal of the United States: red represents valor and courage, white purity and innocence, and blue vigilance, persistence, and justice. These same colors are used in today's version of the flag.
The original colors of the flag were white for peace and blue for modesty. In 1777, the first American flag was given its first official appearance during the crossing of the Delaware by General George Washington. He saw the flag and was so impressed that he ordered a copy made in the town of Philadelphia where he would be staying. The color of the flag at this time was black; however, after the death of Colonel Timothy Pickering in 1806, his family requested that a flag be sent to them in Massachusetts. They wanted something similar to the one flying over Washington during his last years in office and suggested using white as a replacement for the black flag flown over Washington during this time.
In 1782, the federal government decided on the current set of colors - red for courage, white for purity, and blue for vigilance - and they have remained constant since then.
During World War I, people began wearing buttons with images of the French flag together with the words "Au Revoir France" (meaning "Farewell France").
Over time, the American flag has gained significant symbolic force in uniting a mature nation behind a set of shared principles and ideals. According to legend, white signified purity and innocence, red stood for courage and toughness, and blue stood for vigilance, endurance, and justice. The modern flag adopts these colors into its design.
The meaning of the flag has evolved over time. It began as an act of defiance against a king, then became a symbol of freedom during the American Revolution, and finally came to be seen as a source of pride by itself after the war. All across the country, groups of citizens raised flags every day on houses, shops, and factories to show their support for the rebels. These flags were often red-and-white striped banners because they were easy to make out of linen or cotton cloth.
After the war ended in 1783, the remaining members of the Congress voted on what should become of the United States. They decided to declare independence from Great Britain, and formed a new country out of the former colonies. On July 4th, 1776, the first national anthem was sung at a ceremony held on Boston Common to mark the adoption of a banner for the country's own use. It consisted of two flags: one with 13 stripes representing the original states, and the other with 45 stars representing the new ones.