The U.S. Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance
Every country has a flag. When the thirteen colonies declared their independence , they needed a new flag. It is believed that George Washington designed the flag and asked a friend, Mrs. Betsy Ross, to make it for him.
This flag has three colors: red(for courage), white(for truth), and blue(for justice). There were thirteen stars in a circle on a blue field and thirteen red and white stripes.
The number of stars and the stripes stood for the number states of beginning of the United States. Today the United States have the same flag , but there are fifty stars for the fifty states.
The thirteen stripes still stand for the first thirteen states. The flag stands not only for a country (The United States of America), but also for the people , the land , and the government – a republic. A republic is a government elected by the people.
People show their respect for the flag and for the United States when they say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag:
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.