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The American Flag

General Knowledge | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

History of the American Flag

We had our Mocomi reporter present on the occasion of flag hoisting taking place at Washington DC where he caught sergeant victor ready to hoist the American Flag. Our reporter was able to talk to the sergeant about the Flag, and below is the account of what happened.

Operator : Reporting from the land of oppurtunities, I will let you in on the most fun-filled gossip from our very own control room. Let us now hear from the correspondent who will give us a visual ride of what it is like to be hoisting an American flag!

Correspondent : Hi sergeant! It is a pleasure to be present by your side while you hoist the United States flag!

Sergeant : The pleasure is all mine! You may now stand at ease.

Correspondent : Before you go ahead with the duty of hoisting, could you spare a second to give our readers a quick description of the history of the American flag?

Sergeant : My duty to educate my fellow readers is as much as it is to hoist this flag! The United nations flag was accepted and authorised on June 14, 1777, which is now celebrated as flag day all over America. The history of this flag lies in the fact that it is made from the toil of a number of people who gave their lives for our Independence!

Correspondent : What was the first incident when this flag was carried anywhere?

Sergeant : The flag was carried for the first time in the war of Brandywine, September 11, 1777 by the American army.

Correspondent : How many stars are there on the American flag and what does it signify? Also, Can you tell who made the American flag?

Sergeant : When everyone was fighting for liberty and freedom, the main thing on their mind was to live in a free country. Imagine yourself during the exam days. Do you think what our marksheet would look like? All you can do is workhard and let the results surface! That is what happened during the making of the flag. Initially, the flag had 13 stars which symbolised the 13 colonies that were freed during the Independence. A popular belief states that the American flag was designed by Congressman Francis Hopkinson.

After many changes to the original concept, now the flag of USA has 50 stars representing the 50 states and 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies. This last change in the flag was made on August 21, 1959.

Correspondent : I also heard that the National anthem of America is inpired by this flag?

Sergeant : Yes! When Francis Scott saw the broad stripes and bright stars of the flag, he penned down ‘The star-Sprangled-banner’, which later came to be known as America’s national anthem. This shows how glorious the American flag is!

Correspondent :Thank you for increasing our knowledge about the flag.

Sergeant : Don’t thank me! Thank the founding fathers of this nation who gave their lives to let their children live on a free land under the shadow of this majestic flag.
Both say: Long live America!

Correspondent : After this amazing account of information, I will leave you all with these interesting facts about the American flag.

The black and white American flag represents the recession that the country was going through 3 years ago. It calls for a change in the system and acts as a symbol of freedom. Another theory suggests that the black and white flag infact represents the racial integration and the huge role of black people in the nation’s glory.

In July, 1969, Neil Armstrong decorated the Lunar surface when an American flag was hoisted on moon for the first time.

The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.

The flag of America along with being a symbol of freedom, also acts as a sentiment. It has Liberty written all over the path from where it began to be flown over the American land!

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