Memorial Day is observed here in the United States on the last Monday of May. Though actually on the 30th, the holiday was moved to the last Monday for business convenience, as the 30th often falls mid-week.
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It is a holiday of remembrance for those whom have served in the time of war, and is a day marked with many localised events at memorials and public parks as picnics. The American flag is flown at half-staff from daybreak until noon in honour. With the day in mind, I thought we'd take a look at the flag's colours, and what they stand for.
Analysing Old Glory
The flag itself is a symbol of remembrance. Beginning with a count of thirteen stripes symbolises the thirteen colonies with which the United States of America began. Red was taken, as George Washington said, "From our mother country," speaking about the Saint George's cross of the English flag. It has come to symbolise valour and honour, and some say it symbolises the blood that was shed so the nation could be its own. The white stripes between symbolise liberty and the ideal of freedom. As many of the patriotic songs taught in elementary schools will tell you, there are "fifty nifty United States," and there is one star on the flag for each of them. Nicknamed "Old Glory," the flag is found in a broad range of places, from pledges to it in schools, outside of homes, outside of commercial buildings, in parks, and even on stickers on cars.
|>The Empire State Building is flying "Old Glory" colours all week in remembrance and in honour of Fleet Week, which is a week when the recently deployed United State Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard dock in major cities and the ships' crews can enter the city to see the sights.|