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Why Red, White and Blue?


Today, besides being celebrated as Independence Day
(Happy 4th!) in the US, is the birthday of the Erie Canal?
The Erie Canal was the first major human-made waterway in
the United States. It opened the western frontier by providing
a waterway between the Hudson River and Lake Erie. Work began
on the canal on July 4th, 1817.

That is intersting, but what about our history of the American flag? Why red, white and blue? Ever wonder?


While Americans recognize and celebrate collective achievements such as the writing of the Declaration of Independence, victory in the Revolutionary War, or the landing of a man on the Moon — it is individual accomplishment that is cherished the most. The “stars” of the aforementioned events — Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Neil Armstrong — outshine the collective constellation. One person’s contribution can define the course and meaning of history.

When we view the flag, we think of liberty, freedom, pride, and Betsy Ross. The American flag flies on the moon, sits atop Mount Everest, is hurtling out in space. The flag is how America signs her name.

June 14, 1777, congress declares the flag should have thirteen white stars in a blue background and thirteen alternate red and white stripes. The red means hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence. The white stripes also indicate secession from England’s monarchist rule. Blue is the color of the Chief and represents freedom and justice. The star symbolizes heaven and the goal all our forefathers strived for.

Happy 4Th of July!!!!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the
bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on
for them to do the same.”

— Ronald Reagan


  1. July 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Love the fireworks picture and the toenails. LOL 🙂

  2. July 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Great pieces of history you shared here, Thanks! And love the toe nails.

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