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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.

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About the Marine Flag

Not much information has been recorded for early versions of the US Marine Corps Flag in the late 18th century. In the early 19th century, around the 1830's and 1840's, the flag consisted of a white field with gold fringe and an emblem of an anchor and an eagle in the center. In the late 1800's the flag changed again, with the Marine Corps carrying the Stars and Stripes flag with "U.S. Marine Corps" embroidered in yellow on the middle red stripe.

In the early 1900's the flag changed yet again, but this time with a more distinctive standard. The flag was a blue field with a laurel wreath encircling the United States Marine Corps emblem. A scarlet ribbon above the emblem read "U.S. Marine Corps" while another scarlet ribbon below the emblem read "Semper Fidelis" which means always faithful.

In 1925, Marine Corps Order No. 4 designated gold and scarlet the official colors of the U.S. Marine Corps. These colors were not realized on the flag until 1939 however when a new design incorporating the colors was designed. This design has remained the Marine Corps standard ever since and is the flag of the United States Marine Corps that you see today.