The Colorful History of the US Flag
The flag of the United States of America
has evolved from the Grand Union flag to the current flag featuring 50 stars and 13 stripes. It has changed twenty-six (26) times since the new 13 state union adopted it but the 50 star flag that is being used today has been unchanged for almost 50 years already.
At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the United States had no official national flag. It was the Grand Union flag used by George Washington during the American Revolutionary War which formed the basis of the design of the first official flag of the United States.
It was on June 14, 1977, where the first Flag Resolution was passed. It was resolved that the US flag shall have thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, but without specifying on the particular arrangements of the stars as displayed on the flag. The designs of the flag then were according to the one making it, thus, there were no uniformity of the flag design.
An act was later on passed in Congress in which the flag was changed to have 20 stars with a new star to be added for each additional new state. The thirteen stripes was retained to represent the original colonies. The official arrangement of the stars and the exact colors of the flag were later on standardized to make it uniform. The evolution of the US flag is a result of the colorful history behind it. The US flag is not only about the stars and stripes and what it represents, but it symbolizes freedom and personal liberty of every American.