The American Flag consists of thirteen stripes of alternating red and white, and a blue rectangle on the top left side with 50 stars in it.
Like all countries, the American flag represents its people and the country as a whole. The first American flag was adopted on June 14, 1777. However, it was very different from the one today. The current flag was adopted on July 4, 1960, and till date has been modified 26 times.
The first flag of the United States of America was known as “the Continental Colors”. It consisted of thirteen stripes alternating between red and white, with the first and last band being red. However, the canton, i.e. the left hand corner of the flag, did not consist of the 50 stars on blue as the modern flag, instead it had the British Union Flag. This flag closely resembled the British East India Company flag of the era.
The current national flag of the United States of America consists of the original thirteen stripes alternating between red and white, which represent the original 13 colonies that fought for independence against Great Britain and made up the new country of the United States of America. The canton not consists of a blue background with 50 white stars, which represent the 50 states of the United States.