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
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
1. The 13 stripes on the U.S. flag
stand for the original thirteen
2. Each star on the flag stands for
3. The colors on the U.S. flag stand
All of the above.
4. Schoolchildren honor the U.S. flag
by reciting The
5. The Pledge of Allegiance was
written by Francis
6. The U.S. flag is sometimes called
7. The U.S. flag is flown on
and special days.
True or False?
8. The U.S. flag has not changed over
9. The U.S. flag stands for the
American people and their beliefs and also for the government for the
10. Martha Washington sewed the first
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