Dear America: Why Are the Colors of the U.S. Flag Red, White & Blue?

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America takes the time to answer another great question from an international student. Learn the history behind the colors of the U.S. flag.

Dear America,

Why are red and blue in the American flag?







Dear India,

The seal for the U.S. was created in 1782.

Originally the founding fathers of America did not specify the symbolism of the colors red, white, and blue in the American flag.

However, on July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress passed a resolution to create a seal for the United States, which included an image of the flag. An image of this seal is displayed to the right.

In 1782 the final design for the seal was approved and Charles Thompson, secretary to the Continental Congress, made the following statement about his design of the seal and the significance of the colors in the flag:

The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

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