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   Many martial arts students have the American Flag on their uniforms, without knowing that it has a very meaningful background.

   'Stars and Stripes' and 'Old Glory' are the two most prominent names for the national flag of the United States. In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that became the American National Anthem,The
                                          U.S. Flag in which he referred to the flag as the 'Star Spangled Banner'. The American flag stands for the land, the people, the government and the ideals of the United States and has undergone many changes since the first official flag of 1777.
   On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which said that the flag would be made up of thirteen alternating red and white stripes representing the 13 original colonies. It also said that the Union would consist of thirteen white stars on a blue field which would be symbolic of a new constellation, but left no record indicating as to why they chose the specific colors of the flag.
   On April 14, 1818, Congress ordered that a star be added for each new state that joined the Union. Currently, the flag contains 50 stars which represent the fifty states. Even though it appears that the colors did not have a specific meaning at the time the flag was created, they did become significant for the flag after the same colors were chosen for the Great Seal of the Unites States in 1782. The Congressional resolution on the Great Seal listed meanings for the following colors:

The colors

  • White : Signifies purity and innocence
  • Red : Signifies valor and bravery
  • Blue : Signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice 

   Stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial... the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.

The U. S. Military
You may have noticed that soldiers wear the American Flag patch in a way that appears to be backwards on the right shoulder of their uniform. That is by design because their belief is that the flag leads them into battle, which means the leading, front edge of the flag should be the blue field, with the stripes trailing behind. If you view the flag from the left, the field is in the front (on the left), as it should be. If you view the same flag from the right without changing it's original position, the field is in the front (on the right).


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