The United States of America was founded 241 years ago. Over the almost two and a half centuries that we have called the United States of America home, this country has changed vastly. One thing that has not changed is the pride we have in our country. Pride in the USA comes in the form of many symbols and icons. We salute the American Flag, visit historical sites, and and use these symbols and icons on many items today. These symbols have transcended time and allow us to show future generations how our nation has stayed strong for over two centuries.

American Flag

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The American Flag is a quintessential piece of our nation’s history. It has gone through many variations over the years to become the Stars and Bars we know today. Until 1912, there was no set design and because of the different variations, there are believed to be hidden messages. From 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies to 15 stars and stripes being the inspiration for our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, the flag has shown our nation’s history and flown proudly since its inception.

Statue of Liberty

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Lady Liberty has been greeting immigrants and citizens to the United States for over 130 years. She was a gift of friendship from France and is a universal symbol for democracy and the knowledge that in times of peril, Americans will defend their right to freedom. On October 28, 1886, “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was dedicated.In 1924, it was dedicated as a national monument, and since 1933, the National Park Service has been taking care of the copper work to keep it a sight worth seeing for tourists and United States residents alike.

Liberty Bell

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“Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.” The Liberty Bell, originally called the State House bell was used in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall. The large crack in the bell is believed to be because of 90 years of being rung, but there is no account of when it happened. Today, tourists flock from all parts to take a look at this piece of history.

The Independence Hall was where major decisions were made. The Assembly Room saw George Washington appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was signed here one year later. The design of the American flag was decided on here in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were ratified in 1781 and the US Constitution was drawn up in the Assembly room in 1787. While the District of Columbia may be where the government is housed now, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is where the country got its start.

Washington Monument

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Decades in the making, when the Washington Monument was finished, it has invited visitors from around the world to learn more about the city that holds the seat of our government. The 555-foot marble obelisk was built to honor our nation’s first president, George Washington. Construction on the Washington monument was halted due to funds as well as the Civil War. the two-tone color is because of a change in marble and was designed by Robert Mills. The monument gives views of numerous locations in the District of Columbia including the US Capitol, National Cathedral, and the US Marine Corps Memorial.

Great Seal of the United States

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It was on July 4, 1776 that the Continental Congress passed this resolution,

“Resolved, that Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America.”

These three Founding Fathers worked for six years in two more committees and with the help of a total of 14 men, they created the Great Seal of the United States on June 20, 1782. The seal’s printing has gone through many changes, but the current version has symbols of our great nation, including the bald eagle. The obverse side of the seal has,

“The most prominent feature is the American bald eagle supporting the shield, or escutcheon, which is composed of 13 red and white stripes, representing the original States, and a blue top which unites the shield and represents Congress. The motto, E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one), alludes to this union.The olive branch and 13 arrows denote the power of peace and war, which is exclusively vested in Congress.The constellation of stars denotes a new State taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers.”

The reverse side of the seal has,

“The pyramid signifies strength and duration: The eye over it and the motto, Annuit Coeptis (He [God] has favored our undertakings), allude to the many interventions of Providence in favor of the American cause.The date underneath is that of the Declaration of Independence, and the words under it, Novus Ordo Seclorum (A new order of the ages), signify the beginning of the new American era in 1776.”

Our nation has a rich history that shows our strength, tenacity, and independence. Every day, members of our nation’s military put their lives on the line to defend these freedoms. With all of these national symbols across the country, the military itself is a symbol of how individuals band together in times of need to defend what is rightfully ours and keep our nation free for generations to come.
Our military men and women selflessly fight to protect our country and they will always be  remembered for their bravery, just as we have monuments and symbols to honor what they have done throughout the centuries. The Purple Heart Foundation is committed to helping provide assistance to ALL members of the military, veterans, and families. Nearly 90% of cash donations the Purple Heart Foundation receive provides funds for programs that help the National Service Officer Program, the Scholarship program, as well as other programs. It is our goal to help make the transition from the battlefield to the home front a smooth one for our men and women in uniform who have sacrificed for our freedom. Show your support for them by making a one-time or monthly pledge to make sure they continue to receive the support and benefits they deserve by clicking here.

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