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Image description: Our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 to commemorate the victory of the United States against Great Britain. In 1931, after more than 40 bills, Congress officially declared that The Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem of the United States. Photo from the Library of Congress

Image description: Our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 to commemorate the victory of the United States against Great Britain. In 1931, after more than 40 bills, Congress officially declared that The Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem of the United States.

Photo from the Library of Congress

Image description: Today’s national symbol is the American bald eagle. It is the national bird of the United States and an endangered species success story. It is easily recognized by the white feathers on its head and tail (in adults). Bald eagles live approximately 20 years and their natural habitat spans almost all of North America from Alaska to northern Mexico. (Photo: Karen Laubenstein, USFWS)

Image description: Today’s national symbol is the American bald eagle. It is the national bird of the United States and an endangered species success story. It is easily recognized by the white feathers on its head and tail (in adults).

Bald eagles live approximately 20 years and their natural habitat spans almost all of North America from Alaska to northern Mexico. (Photo: Karen Laubenstein, USFWS)

Image description: Our next national symbol is the Great Seal of the United States. It was created by a committee headed by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Just as the 13 stripes on the flag symbolize the original 13 colonies of the United States, the Great Seal symbolizes this number in the stripes, stars and arrows in the Seal. The inscription: “E Pluribus Unum” means “out of many, one” the same motto that can be seen on the dollar bill. Learn more.

Image description: Our next national symbol is the Great Seal of the United States. It was created by a committee headed by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

Just as the 13 stripes on the flag symbolize the original 13 colonies of the United States, the Great Seal symbolizes this number in the stripes, stars and arrows in the Seal. The inscription: “E Pluribus Unum” means “out of many, one” the same motto that can be seen on the dollar bill.

Learn more.

Image description: In celebration of this 4th of July holiday week we will be posting a series on well-known American national symbols.First up, is our flag. On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act which established the official flag of the United States often referred today as the “Stars and Stripes.”
The stars represent our 50 states and the red and white stripes represent the original 13 colonies that severed their political ties to Britain.

Image description: In celebration of this 4th of July holiday week we will be posting a series on well-known American national symbols.

First up, is our flag.

On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act which established the official flag of the United States often referred today as the “Stars and Stripes.”

The stars represent our 50 states and the red and white stripes represent the original 13 colonies that severed their political ties to Britain.