What does the American flag stand for?

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It has been said that the colors of the American flag were chosen in likeness to those of the French:  The red is the blood shed for liberty, the white for equality, and blue for fraternity/brotherhood.

Knowing that Thomas Paine and others spoke with philosophers such as Voltaire and  that Benjamin Franklin spent a good amount of time in France--there are yet descendents of his there--one is led to believe in this similarity.

I have to disagree with you on the Amercan colors being chosen in likeness to the French, because at the time the American flag was designed, the French flag was still the royal Fleur de lis of the bourbons rather than the tri-color.  The colors connect with the colors of the British Union Jack (the 18th century version, not the version used today which is post 1800).  The Britsh crosses of this older Union Jack represented England, Wales and Scotland, with Ireland being added later.  The colors for the English flag have the following heraldic meanings:

White: Peace and Honesty Red: Bravery, Strength and Valor Blue: Vigilance, Loyalty and Justice
linda-allen's profile pic

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But your government's agents constantly organise the suppression of free speech in other countries and support brutal regimes that serve the nefarious schemes of the Washington Administraion.

Nicaragua? Saudi Arabia? Kuwait? Israel? Tajikistan? Pakisatan? Columbia? Chile? Half the countries in Africa? Turkey? Cambodia? Vietnam? Indonesia? East Timor? Phillipines? There are dozens more. Does the flag represent the supresion of other countries freedoms?

I'm afraid it's difficult to take you seriously after reading your eNotes bio.

linda-allen's profile pic

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How many government agents have beaten down your door since you wrote this post?

None?

Gee, isn't freedom of speech a great thing?!

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What does the American flag stand for?

What does the American flag stand for?

  For me, the American flag is a symbol of freedom.  The flag is a symbol of patriotism, which was given its significance through the sacrifice of thousands and thousands of dedicated military service personnel who gave their lives for our freedom.  For over two hundred years, America has stood as an example of a free people engaging in the pursuit of the greatest opportunities that life has to offer.

The flag is a representation of national pride, it should be respected, not simply for that, but for the sacrifice that has been made to keep it proudly flying. 

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It has been said that the colors of the American flag were chosen in likeness to those of the French:  The red is the blood shed for liberty, the white for equality, and blue for fraternity/brotherhood.

Knowing that Thomas Paine and others spoke with philosophers such as Voltaire and  that Benjamin Franklin spent a good amount of time in France--there are yet descendents of his there--one is led to believe in this similarity.

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There is no official answer as to the symbolism of the colors in the flag.  However, there are some traditions.  Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, said they stand for the following:

Red - Hardiness and valor

White - Purity and innocence

Blue - Vigilance, perseverance, and justice

Red, white and blue is a very common color combination for flags around the world.  Probably the most important connection is to the Union Jack -- the flag of the United Kingdom.  Even though the colonies had won independence from Britain, they probably also wanted to acknowledge their common heritage.

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Liberty, justice, equality, cooperative effort, pride, glory, and much more.  I really do not believe that we should allow flag burning in our country since its such a great symbol of the greatness of America. Men and women have fought in the name of that flag, it is ridiculous that our government has not yet banned flag burning.

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My answer to this question is that the American Flag is a SYMBOL that reflects the many attributes that makes up the United States.  In the pledge of allegiance, we say, I pledge allegiance to the FLAG...and to the republic for which it stands....

The flag is a symbol that stands for our country! It means many things. Obviously the stars and stripes represent the states/colonies.  But do you realize that the colors of the flag are also symbolic?  What about the stars?  Do you think they are to have a meaning?

What inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem?  The flag that he could see by the "Dawn's Early Light".

Check out this link for more information about the American Flag!

http://www.usflag.org/iamtheflag.html 

The flag stands for the UNITED STATES of AMERICA and the struggles that it has endured and the people that have fought to protect its freedoms!  There is so much more to appreciate than just a few stars and stripes!

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The American flag stands for the United States of America. The 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies. Each of the stars signifies one of the 50 states.

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I'm unsure if you are asking what the American flag stands for literally or figuratively.

Literally, the thirteen stripes on the flag represent the thirteen original colonies. The fifty stars represent the fifty current states.

Figuratively, the flag stands for freedom and democracy. It represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow.

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It depends on what you are asking. If you are asking about the American Flag as a whole, it represents freedom and democracy around the world. If you are asking about it not as a whole, then the stars and stripes represent different things. The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that fought against the British in the American Revolution. The stars represent each state within the United States.

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Well, there's two ways that you can answer this question. The first way is answering it by saying what the American flag represents as a whole. The other way is by stating what each part of the flag represents.

If we break the flag down into pieces, then we see that each part has a different meaning. The fifty stars on the left hand corner of the flag represent the fifty states. The thirteen red and white stripes represent the thirteen colonies from the 1700-1800s.

The flag as a whole represents, most obviously, America as a whole country. It says visually that all of our fifty states are one nation. The flag symbolizes freedom.

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The 50 stars of the American flag represents the 50 states, while the 13 red stripes represent the 13 colonies. The American flag gives off a sense of pride and freedom -- nationalism. 

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