"I pledge allegiance, to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
According to the Encyclopedia Americana, George Washington explained the American flag this way:
The stars were taken from Heaven, the red from England and the White stripes were added to indicate a separation from the mother country. Stars have long been used to denote domination and sovereignty and are ancient symbols of Egypt, India and Persia.
The blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice. The red if hardiness and valor and the white means purity and innocence.
There are thirteen stripes, red and white which stand for the original thirteen colonies who fought and won our freedom and birthed our nation. There are fifty white stars lying on a field of blue; one for each of the states in the U.S. today.
The flag always hangs with the blue in the upper left regardless of whether it is hung in a portrait or landscape fashion.
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