American Flag - Old Glory/the Stars and Stripes
According to the legend the first flag was made by Betsy Griscom Ross in Philadelphia.
The flag was to serve as an encouragement for the American soldiers fighting in the Revolutionary War. The flag had 13 stripes, seven red and six white, and in one corner 13 stars on a blue background to represent the 13 states.
On 14 June 1777 it became the flag of the independent USA.
As each new state became part of the USA an extra star was added. There are now 50 stars representing the 50 states and 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies.
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