A flag is a symbol of a country’s sovereignty. In fact, flags can go beyond mere symbolism and become the standard around which a nation and its people rally. The American flag is a source of immense pride to American citizens. The Stars and Stripes brings out the best in Americans and encourage them to do their bit for their nation. America has several flags, each with its own history and story to tell. In addition to the Stars and Stripes, each of America’s fifty states also has a flag of its own.
There is a story behind each of the flags – when and how they originated and what the symbols stand for. Apart from the 50 American states, there are also flags for US districts, territories and possessions. For instance, there is a flag for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, the District of Colombia, Guam, Micronesia, and the American Virgin Islands. Then there is the Presidential Flag and the Vice-Presidential Flag, and historical flags such as the flag of the Confederate States of America and the flags of the Revolution.
Unlike the flags of other countries, American flags are not meant to be waved only on special occasions – every American is free to wave the American flag at any time. Besides, in keeping with its tradition of freedom and liberty, America does not prohibit the use of its flags on items of clothing – even women’s lingerie can boast of the stars and stripes.
American flags can be made of various kinds of fabric – polyester, nylon, or various blends. Any material will do, so long as the person waving the flag has the right spirit.