For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation's strength and unity. It stands for the liberties we have in this country to live peacefully, democratically with equality of rights and privileges. It represents our faith in God, our country, our patriotism and our love for America. It stands for our rights to live peacefully without religious persecution and without government control. It represents the battles that have been fought to preserve this dear country. It represents our fellow Americans, military, veterans, and soldiers who have lost their lives for the very freedom we hold so dear.The American Flag was born on June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia. It began its journey with thirteen strips, thirteen stars in a field of blue, representing a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind. Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known. It's colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of it's country. It's red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters. The white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all. The blue stripes are the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith. It represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity. It embodies American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.
It represents the spirit of determination brought to this land by Christopher Columbus when he sailed to America. It represents it's forefathers- the Pilgrims, Puritans and the settlers at Jamestown and Plymouth. It is a living symbol of the nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. It proclaims loudly Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people, for the people."