The American flag is important because the stars stand for the states of the United States, and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that came together to oppose the British. The American flag is a statement of freedom from British rule, and it is a symbol of American values.
The American flag first held significance during the American Revolution when the flag was raised at the headquarters of General George Washington. The flag was also used to mark forts and naval ships throughout American history. A standard bearer would carry the flag on behalf of soldiers when going into battle.
The Continental Congress approved the first official flag in 1777, which was called the Stars and Stripes. The colors of the flag officially held no significance, but Charles Thomson of the Continental Congress suggested that white symbolized innocence, blue meant perseverance and red represented valor.
Children recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, and it is a source of significance for veterans. The national anthem is also connected to the U.S. flag. Soldiers, astronauts and police officers wear the American flag on their uniforms. Flags are folded in a triangular fashion during flag-folding ceremonies at funerals. American flags are also draped over the coffins of soldiers, police officers and firefighters.