Flag Day: How Many Stars and Stripes in the First U.S. Flag?

While you ponder that question, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on the meaning (as we understand it) of what the fabric of the U.S. and its flag represents for us. From its very beginnings, our nation has embraced certain qualities: freedom, equality, moral courage, charity, and compassion for all. Since the earliest times, leaders and poets have sought to put these values into words. Their lines express what we, the people of America, think and feel about our beloved land. Here is a sampling, from our mini book United We Stand.

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."
George Washington

"I have passed the Rubicon, swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish, with my country–that is my unalterable determination."
John Adams

"Our flag has never waved over any community but in blessing."
William McKinley


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