3-19 U.S. Flag & Pledge of Allegiance

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The United States flag has seen many changes in our country's history.  The first official U.S. flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes.  The 13 stripes stood for the first 13 colonies in America.  The first American flag was sewn by Betsy Ross in 1776.  Over the years, more stars were added to the flag.  Each star on the flag stood for one state.

Today's flag has 50 white stars on a blue background.  It also has seven red stripes and six white stripes.  These thirteen stripes stand for the original thirteen colonies.  The color red on the flag stands for courage.  The color white stands for liberty.  The color blue stands for justice.

Many American schoolchildren honor the U.S. flag by reciting, or saying, The Pledge of Allegiance every day in school.  The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy.  That year was the first time that children recited The Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.  The words to The Pledge of Allegiance used today are below.

I pledge allegiance to the flag

 of the United States of America

and to the Republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God,

indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The U.S. flag stands for the United States of America, its people, its government, and its beliefs.  The U.S. flag is often called "Old Glory".   The U.S. flag is flown on holidays and special days to honor people and events that are important to the American people.


Use the above information to complete the following statements.

1.  The 13 stripes on the U.S. flag stand for the original thirteen .

2.  Each star on the flag stands for one .

3.  The colors on the U.S. flag stand for




  All of the above.

4.  Schoolchildren honor the U.S. flag by reciting The of Allegiance.

5.  The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis .

6.  The U.S. flag is sometimes called "Old ".

7.  The U.S. flag is flown on and special days.


True or False?

8.  The U.S. flag has not changed over time.



9.  The U.S. flag stands for the American people and their beliefs and also for the government for the United States.



10.  Martha Washington sewed the first American flag.





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