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Behind the colors

For every true citizen of the United States of America, the nation flag is a symbol of great pride. But do you know that each aspect of the flag has its own significance, that the number of stars and stripes have greater implications and even the colors used on this great banner stand for something unique? If you do not, read on to know about the reason behind the colors used on the American flag. If you like reading this article, click here and refer this article to your friends. Enjoy Flag Day with your loved ones and have a happy reading time!

Red, white and blue are the three colors used on the American national flag. Officially, these colors have no significance. The Continental Congress, which approved the flag way back in 1777, has never officially spoken about what the colors represented.

The only words about the symbolism of the colors of the flag came from Charles Thompson (1729 - 1824), Secretary of the Continental Congress, who once related the colors of the flag to those of the Great Seal of the United States that came out in 1782, and purportedly represents the ideals and beliefs of the founding fathers of America. According to him,

"White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue . . . vigilance, perseverance & justice."

This singular description is included in the book "Our Flag," published in 1989.

It is to be noted, however, that there has never been any official remark regarding the association of the colors of the seal with that of the flag. It was only because the seal was established before the American flag, that the colors of the former is believed to have been transferred to the flag.

The golden color of the fringe is one color used other than the white, red and blue ones. The gold fringe is used only on indoor flags and military and ceremonial flags. No special significance of this color is known and it is believed to be used only for decorating the flag. The color has not been approved or disapproved by the Congress. Nor has its use been dissented by any executive order.

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