How well do you know the flags of these countries? Take this quiz to find out.
So, what's in a flag? Flags are simple pieces of material, but they carry quite a lot of meaning. Flags go back to the beginning of history as an identifying factor for civilizations. They were often military symbols, signaling which factions were participating in the battle, and serving as a way of understanding who won or lost (the side that captured the other side's flag, won).
For most of us, a flag is a patriotic symbol, denoting the nation to which it belongs. We fly flags at all national events, wear it with pride, and enact laws that protect it. The oldest national flag still in use is the flag of Denmark, which was first flown in 1478.
The US flag, known as Stars and Stripes or Old Glory, was designed by Francis Hopkinson and had only 13 stars on the original version in 1777. The American flag, as it is sometimes known, now boasts 50 stars for 50 states and 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies. Each of the 50 states also has its own unique flag that typically flies alongside the US flag.
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