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The Stars and Stripes
Transcript of The Stars and Stripes
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halyard In 1776, George Washington took command of the Continental Army, standing under the Grand Union Flag. However, in order to establish American independence and unity, the Continental Congress created the first Stars and Stripes flag on June 14, 1777. The flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes. Congress' plan was to add one stripe and one star for each new state admitted to the union.
In 1818, Congress believed that adding more stripes would take away from the original design, and therefore decided to go back to 13 stripes and just add one star for each new state. The last two changes were made in 1959, when President Eisenhower added Alaska and Hawaii as the 49th and 50th state. union/field 50 stars represent the 50 states the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies the color white represents hope, purity, and innocence the color red represents hardiness and valor the color blue represents reverence to God, loyalty, vigilance, perseverance, and justice There are different names for the flag, depending on the branch of military service in which it is being used. A national flag flown at sea (aircraft, ship, boat) is known as an ensign The U.S. national flag is known as color(s) A national flag that is used for mounted,motorized, and mechanized organizations is known as a standard Garrison Flag 20 ft. by 38 ft. used on gov. buildings and military installations on national holidays and special occasions Post Flag 8 ft 11-3/8 inch. by 17 ft used for general display and everyday use when garrison flag is not appropriate Storm Flag 5 ft by 9.5 ft used only during stormy or windy weather In Uniform In Formation- commander will call
present arms when colors come within
six steps of unit. Not in formation-turn your head towards
flag and render a salute. In Civilian Clothes stand at attention with your right hand
over your heart
if you are wearing a hat, remove and
hold over your left breast with right
hand Display the flag from sunrise to sunset, unless it is properly lit at night Half-Staff positioning flag halfway
down the staff, used to
pay respect to deceased Memorial Day Display of Flag Alone Windowsill Wall Window Casket Group Display When displaying with other nations'
flags, all at same height when flying the national flag as well as a
pennant on the same halyard, the national flag should always fly at the peak of the staff The Pledge of Allegiance "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." 1. Why do we honor the U.S. flag? 2. What do the stars and stripes represent? 3. Demonstrate one way to respect the flag. 4. What is a pennant? 5. Describe one way to properly display the flag. 6. Describe the significance of at least one of the folds of the US flag. What do you know about our flag?