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Title: American Flag


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American Flag
  • The American flag is a symbol of freedom and
    sacrifice for United States citizens. Although we
    typically picture cloth versions of this national
    emblem, it can be anything that the observer
    acknowledges. Therefore, a Christmas tree adorned
    in red, white, and blue could be considered an
    American flag. Examples can be made from any
    material or placed on any object. The tragic
    events of September 11th resurrected a since of
    patriotism within the United States. The result
    has been a desire to display the American flag in
    front of homes, office buildings, and everywhere
    possible.

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  • The historic tale of Betsy Ross painstakingly
    sewing the first American flag is widely known.
    However, many of the details of that
    extraordinary event, along with the circumstances
    leading up to it have been overlooked. To begin
    with, the colonies had adopted several flags as a
    representation of their new American beliefs. The
    Dont Tread on Me version incorporated red and
    white stripes with a snake across it. A popular
    option used by George Washington, which signified
    the unification of the colonies, was similar to
    the British emblem. Washington raised this
    particular version at Prospect Hill. The
    Loyalists misinterpreted the emblem as a sign of
    defeat.

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  • The confusion that ensued prompted General George
    Washington, Colonel George Ross, and Robert
    Morris, along with other key members of the
    Congressional Committee, to enlist the aid of
    Mrs. Ross. At the time Betsy Ross was running an
    upholstery business. She had completed several
    assignments for General Washington, and he was
    familiar with her work, as well as being a
    personal friend. They provided her with a crude
    drawing of the appointed American flag and
    commissioned her to complete the work. She began
    the assignment in early May and completed the job
    in late May or early June.

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  • The American flag was raised on July 4, 1776 to
    commemorate the birth of a new nation.
    Independence Day offers all United States
    citizens an opportunity to remember the hardships
    that our forefathers endured to gain our freedom.
    The American flag has been an inspiration to
    citizens of the United States, since its
    inception. Francis Scott Key composed our
    national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, after
    his relief at seeing the American flag flying at
    dawn following a brutal battle, during the War of
    1812. The symbolic raising of this national
    symbol has marked other moments in United States
    history. Soldiers lifted the Colors to signify
    victory and determination after the Battle of Iwo
    Jima in the same way, the first astronauts to
    walk on the moon placed Old Glory within its
    powdery surface.

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  • This type of patriotism waned in the late 20th
    century, but was brought back after tragedy
    gripped our nation on September 11, 2001.
    American flags are becoming a hot commodity and
    displaying Old Glory should be conducted with
    dignity. Residential Landscape Lighting and
    Design offers proud citizens of the United States
    the products they need to illuminate the nation's
    symbol of freedom with the proper lighting
    required to maintain the American Flag Code.

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  • After that horrific day, citizens rose up and
    began displaying Old Glory throughout the land.
    A desire to perpetuate this newfound pride meant
    individuals wanted to keep the display up 24
    hours a day. In order to maintain respect, the
    Colors must be properly illuminated. Lighting
    kits are available at Residential Landscape
    Lighting and Design to ensure this national
    symbol receives the respect it deserves.
  • Our country has seen dark days within its history
    and recent past, however the undying resolve of
    its citizens continues to surprise its foes. The
    American flag stands for the strength and
    commitment that is within all the countrys
    citizens.

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