The first flag had 13 stripes of alternating red and white to stand for the original 13 colonies. The flag had 13 white stars on a blue field to represent a new constellation. The number of stars has grown to 50 stars to represent the 50 current states.
The colors in the flag have special meaning. The red stripes represent hardiness and valor. The white stripes represent purity and innocence. The blue field represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
The flag patch won on the right shoulder sleeve has the star field in the top right corner. This is known as the "reverse side flag."
The flag patch worn on the left shoulder sleeve has the star field in the top left corner.
By custom it has flown over the House and Senate wings of Congress 24 hours a day since the 1850s. By law or presidential proclamation, the flag is also displayed 24 hours a day in these locations:
It is only an official holiday in Pennsylvania, the state where the first U.S. flag was designed and created.
The oldest and largest American flag manufacturer is Annin Flagmakers. They have four U.S.-based manufacturing facilities.
Annin created several famous flags:
So, before you purchase a cheap American flag that was made in China, check out the many American-made flags.