I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America.
And to the republic for which it stands,
one nation, under God, indivisible.
With liberty and justice for all.
Francis Bellamy, 1892
The flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red
alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the
stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic
as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and
Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.