The American flag is made up of thirteen red and white stripes, and a blue field with fifty white stars. When the flag was first made, the color red was thought to mean not only the ties of brotherhood but also bravery and valor. White was thought to mean peace and virtue, and blue was thought to mean equality. The thirteen stripes stand for the thirteen original colonies that became the first states, as a tribute to their struggle for independence. They are red and white to show that we are all Americans together, and while we love peace and justice, we will also fight for each other if we need to. Each of the fifty stars in the blue field stands for one of the states in the union today. The white stars on a field of blue mean that all of our states are equal to each other, and that all American citizens are equal to each other. That is one way the flag serves as a symbol for our nation.
The Sixty-Second Patriot series of posts is intended to provide teachers who are required to engage in “patriotic exercises” with truthful, age-appropriate, meaningful, educationally-rich, non-controversial, secular alternatives to rote recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as brief meditations on American history, civics, and values accessible to all people. Suggestions and contributions to this series from Readers are welcome.