The U.S Flag Part 2: Why This Flag?
The month of September is here, and we’ve been prepping for a huge month of content. This month, we want to take a deep-dive into the history of the American flag. We’ve focused on the flag before in our Flags of the World series. Today and for the rest of the month, we’re going even deeper. We’ll take a look at all the flag variations as individual flags. This is more of a history lesson than a flag talk. We hope to see you soon for the next installments of this 10-part mega series.
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In our last post, we talked about why early American flag designs had importance. We talked about the continental army flag with the British flag in the canton and red and white alternating stripes. Why was it so important?
This flag was unique because it represented both the 13 colonies, but also featured the British flag. The continental army flag was used just before America broke from Britain. This is a very unique time in American history.
But why did colonists use red, white, and blue? If independence from Britain was a priority, then why did they want to use the same colors for their flag?
Historians disagree on the significance of the colors. Some believe it was simply convenient. Some have said the colors mean purity (white), valor (red), and the color of the Chief or justice (blue).
The stripes have been used in American symbology for quite some time. But where did the blue field of white stars originate? Check out part 3.