"The American Flag"

- By Anneda Nettleton
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Public schools, parks, businesses, and front lawns are just a few of the places where people see the American flag proudly displayed.  Americans have grown up admiring the flag.  It is an important part of American culture.
The flag was first adopted in 1777.  On June 14, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag.  The first flag looked very different from today’s version.  The first flag had only thirteen stars and thirteen stripes.  People first planned on adding one stripe and one star for each new state.  This idea was rethought after the flag had fifteen of each.  It returned to the original design.  Eventually it was decided that the flag would keep its thirteen stripes, but a star would be used to represent each state.  This is why our current flag has thirteen stripes and fifty stars. 
The colors on the American flag are important too.  The color red on the flag symbolizes courage.  Innocence is shown by the white.  The blue on the flag represents justice
On June 14, 1885, the first Flag Day was observed.  Four years later in 1894, New York’s governor decided that the flag should be displayed in all public buildings.  There have been many presidents to celebrate the flag in different ways.  In 1949, President Truman made Flag Day a national holiday that would be celebrated on June 14th each year. 
Flags are not simply thrown in the trash when they are broken or no longer wanted.  Instead, a flag should be burned.  This process is used to show the respect that is shown for the American flag.  Flags should not be allowed to remain dirty or soiled; when they become dirty or soiled, they should be cleaned.

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Flag : a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities

Symbolize : be a symbol of

Innocence : the state, quality, or fact of being innocent of a crime or offense

Display : make a prominent exhibition of (something) in a place where it can be easily seen

Soil : the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles

Adopt : legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own

Eventually : in the end, especially after a long delay, dispute, or series of problems

Holiday : a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done

Celebrated : greatly admired; renowned

Version : a particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier form or other forms of the same type of thing


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