Wednesday, June 27, 2012

American Flag Color Meaning and the American Creed

There's so much to know about The United States of America and its flag. 
But, do you know the words to the American Creed?

The American Creed: (written by William Tyler Page of Friendship
Heights, Maryland in the course of a nationwide contest on the subject.
Page was a descendent of President Tyler, and Representative John Page,
who served in the Congress from 1789-97.)
from 108th Congress, 1st Session H.Doc. 108-97,
Our Flag, Joint Committee on Printing United States Congress.

By U.S. Government [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"I Believe In The United States Of America
As A Government Of The People, By The People,
For The People; Whose Just Powers Are
Derived From The Consent Of The Governed;
A Democracy In A Republic, A Sovereign
Nation Of Many Sovereign States; A Perfect
Union, One And Inseparable; Established
Upon Those Principles Of Freedom, Equality,
Justice, And Humanity For Which American
Patriots Sacrificed Their Lives And Fortunes.
I Therefore Believe It Is My Duty To My
Country To Love It; To Support Its Constitution;
To Obey Its Laws; To Respect Its Flag;
And To Defend It Against All Enemies."

"On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers' beliefs, values, and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:
"The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."
Also this from a book about the flag published in 1977 by the House of Representatives...
"The star is 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."

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