Red, white, and blue

My garden is celebrating the fourth of July Independence Day by showing the colors of the American flag.

I was trying to think of what to post for the 4th of July, and then looked out at my garden and saw this scene.

I was trying to think of what to post for the 4th of July, and then looked out at my garden and saw this scene.

I’ve never stopped to think of why these particular colors were chosen for our flag, so I looked it up.  For those of you who also wondered what the meaning was, here’s the description from USFlag.org:

The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:

“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.”

6 thoughts on “Red, white, and blue

  1. Happy Independence Day, Sue. Thanks for sharing some of our history. Whatever the original intent, those colors have take on a huge symbolic significance for most Americans. (It’s fascinating also to see how many other flags use those same three colors in different arrangements.)

  2. Gorgeous photos, Sue! Your garden is beautiful, as well as patriotic! I knew what the colors stood for, but not their original source. Great tidbit to learn on the fourth of July. Happy Independence Day!

    • The garden gets better all the time as new things start blooming. All this rain has made everything grow like crazy, and now the summer blooms are really starting to show.

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