Surely this weekend you will find yourself cooking out and enjoying fireworks. Hopefully amongst your friends and family will also be a proudly flown American flag. In the middle of all the mayhem, take a moment to gaze at the Stars and Stripes, considering what they mean.
The Continental Congress approved the first flag on June 14, 1777, stating in the first Flag Act, “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
The number 13 had to do with the 13 colonies that initially comprised the United States of America. Five more states joined the Union in 1818, so Congress passed legislation requiring there be a star on the flag for each state, symbolizing that the United States of America is one nation, indivisible.
We still have those 13 stripes to symbolize the original composition of the 13 colonies that declared their independence to become the country we enjoy today and sometimes take for granted. Today, of course, we have 50 stars representing all 50 individual states with individual states rights. Individual, but indivisible. We are the United States of America. A more perfect union.
The stars symbolize heavenly stars to intentionally include the divine, and the stripes symbolize rays of sunlight. The red in the flag denotes bravery and valor. The white stands for innocence and purity. And, blue signifies perseverance, vigilance and justice.
So, while we’re enjoying cookouts and fireworks with family and friends this Independence Day weekend, let’s take a moment to look at our flag and be grateful for our freedom and liberty, and those that gave a lot so we could have this life today.
If you don’t have an American Flag, I’m sure someone in your cookout will be taking a trip to get ice or ketchup to make it the day perfect. It is almost certain that the store you go to will sell American flags, so buy one and fly it with pride and gratitude.