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What Do the Stars, Stripes, and Colors of the American Flag Mean?
The Flag of the United States is blowing in the breeze
Sometimes it is called, “ Old Glory,”
Or the “Stars and Stripes”
The colors are Red, White, and Blue
And each color means something
Red means courage – Are we brave?
White means purity - Are we pure and good?
Blue means justice – Do we play fair?
Why stars and stripes?
Stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the
Divined goal to which man has aspired from the beginning of time.
The Stripes are symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.
The Stars represent the 50 states.
THE AIR FORCE FLAG
Description and Significance:
The flag which represents The Department of the Air Force is officially known as the "Ceremonial Departmental Flag." It consists of The Air Force Coat of Arms and the encircling thirteen stars of the Air Force Seal, centered on an ultramarine blue field; beneath the coat of arms shield is a scroll inscribed with the words "United States Air Force." The flag, which measures 4 feet 4 inches by 5 feet 6 inches, is trimmed on three edges with 2 1/2 inch yellow silk fringe. The two colors which predominate in the flag--ultramarine blue and golden yellow--are the official Air Force colors.The flag takes its significance from the 13 encircling stars, which represent the 13 original colonies, and from the Crest and Shield which make up the Coat of Arms:The Crest is made up of the eagle, wreath, and cloud form. The American bald eagle symbolizes the United States and its airpower and is depicted in its natural colors. The Wreath under the eagle is made up of six alternate folds of metal (white, representing silver) and light blue. This repeats the metal and color used in the shield. The white clouds behind the eagle show the start of a new sky -- The Department of the Air Force.The Shield, right below the eagle and wreath, is divided horizontally into two parts by a nebuly line representing clouds. The top part of the Shield bears a golden yellow thunderbolt with flames in natural color which shows striking power through the use of aerospace. (The thunderbolt consists of a golden yellow vertical twist with three natural color flames on each end crossing a pair of horizontal wings with eight lightning bolts radiating saltirewise.) The background of the top part of the Shield is a light blue (representing the sky). The lower part of the Shield is white (representing metal silver).
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"The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history." ~ Woodrow Wilson