American Flag Purses (Bags) or Why Red, White and Blue?
This entry was posted on June 14, 2014.
Guitar Purse Patriotism with American Flag Purses (Bags) - You can take them on an airplane!
I was wandering around the internet looking for an explanation of why our flag is red, white and blue. As you can see by Violettes’ American Flag guitar purses (bags), the colors are catchy. On first guess, one would think that the colors came from an adaptation of Great Britain’s Flag. As that’s what our Founding Father’s knew.
It’s a good question for this time of year. It turns out that I am not the only one who doesn’t know. Just last year on July 4, Time Magazine printed an article on this. It tells us that it is a little known fact, because it wasn’t made known when the flag was first presented in Philadelphia on June 14, 1777. It was said that the 13 stripes were for the union states and the white in a blue field represented a constellation. At that time the colors had no significant meaning.
The colors and their significance still trace back to the birth of the country, and had very specific meanings in the creation of the Great Seal a year earlier. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to develop a seal for the country. The committee was instructed to draw up a seal that reflected the Founding Fathers’ beliefs and values, as well as the sovereignty of the new nation. Red, white and blue were chosen, and the Great Seal was officially adopted on June 20, 1782.
From the book "Our Flag" published in 1989 by the House of Representatives...
Heraldic devices such as seals have specific meanings for each element and color, and the U.S. Seal was no exception. When Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, presented the seal he explained the significance to Congress. “The colors are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue… signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
From US History.org on the Betsy Ross Homepage-
According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
Taken from Time Magazine on-line by Nicole Greenstein July 04, 2013 -
Over the years people have altered Thomson’s original interpretation. Some now say that red represents the blood spilled by the patriots and those who fight to protect our country. President Reagan even put his own spin on the matter when he proclaimed 1986 the Year of the Flag. “The colors of our flag signify the qualities of the human spirit we Americans cherish,” Reagan said. “Red for courage and readiness to sacrifice; white for pure intentions and high ideals; and blue for vigilance and justice.”
The significance behind the flag’s design is more commonly known than that of its colors. The 50 stars stand for America’s 50 states, while the 13 red and white stripes represent the 13 colonies. But there’s also a lesser-known interpretation for the Stars and Stripes. The House of Representatives’ 1977 book about the flag states: “The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”
The most important part of our US flag symbol is its power to evoke patriotism and pride as it represents freedoms of speech, religion and press.
So in honor of our symbolic flag, Violettes has created 2 American Flag Guitar Purses:
“American Heritage” Guitar Purse and “Peace Power” Guitar Purse.
Purchase now to show off your for Guitar Purse Patriotism!