A symbol usually signifies an idea and creates a linkage between concepts or beliefs. USA has a lot of symbols that depict the American ideal. There is the Liberty Bell, the US flag, the bald eagle, the national anthem, “Uncle” Sam and the Statue of Liberty. In 2026 the US will be 250 years old. If you think about it, this country is just a baby compared to China which is 5000+ years old, Ethiopia which has been around since 980 BCE and Greece which may be 6000 years old.
The US flag, sometimes called OLD GLORY, has been through a lot of changes during its 200+ years as a sovereign nation. Currently the flag has 50 stars to represent the 50 states and 13 stripes representing the original 13 colonies. The very first official US Flag was the Betsy Ross Flag supposedly. A lot of flag history is murky so I don’t want to go on record that this is absolutely the truth. If we pass the laws for a 51st state, then it will be altered again. I wonder if we will have a completely different flag or continue with the same motif? I’m sure THAT will not cause any uproar. LOL
Denmark has the oldest flag in the world. The Danish flag is believed to have been in existence since June 15 1219 and officially became the national flag in 1625. There are one or two variants depending on WHERE it is flown but pretty much has been unchanged.
The US is constantly growing and changing. When people argue that change is bad, I wonder if they read history books at all. It seems to me that USA is steeped in change both good and bad and if you are American you might be more flexible. A lot of people are adamant that THEIR version of the US is the best and it should never change. Without change, the country would not be what it is today. I don’t think the US will be the same 100 years from now. Instead of fighting change, it seems our time would be better served thinking about HOW we should change.