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What’s Behind The Symbolism?

October 15, 2010 by  

*What so proudly we hail. Thanks to all of you who enjoyed my column Honoring Our Country’s Flag that ran two weeks ago. You made it one of the most-read columns in the history of Personal Liberty Digest. (If you missed it, click here to see it — and maybe share it with a friend.)

That article has gotten nearly 500 comments and more are coming in every day. I’m sorry I can’t reply to each and every one (yes, even the ones from those loony liberals, who keep attacking all of us who still value patriotism).

One of the best suggestions I saw was to explain the symbolism behind our country’s flag. What do the stars and stripes mean? What do the colors represent? These are great questions and I’m glad to say they have great answers.

Back in 1777 Charles Thompson, the secretary of the Continental Congress, said this about the colors red, white and blue, which were used in the Great Seal of the United States, as well as our first flag:

“White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief [the broad band in which the stars appear] signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

The U.S. House of Representatives, in a book about the flag published 300 years later, added:

“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of rays of light emanating from the sun.”

So you see, there’s a lot more involved here than just 13 stripes representing the original 13 colonies that formed the United States of America; or 50 stars, representing each individual state. Aren’t you glad you asked?

— Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • BrotherPatriot

    We are glad we asked & thank you for your work, Mr. Wood. We also thank the rest of the site writers and appreciate the various topics that are brought up. Most of which are informative and interesting reads of themselves. Of course the big TY goes out to Mr. Livingston for hosting the site!

    I personally think it would be great to have some true History brought up about the founding fathers, the 3 primary papers (Constitution, Declaration & Bill of Rights), and basically the little stories that you don’t hear about. Perhaps some more on the lives and little details about our founders…what crops they had in their gardens, marriage life, etc. Basically, all the things that should be taught in the History books of our children vrs the dumbed down crap they are being fed now in our public school system.

    Just a thought!

    God Bless!


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