The initial "Stars and Stripes" represented and accounted for the 13 colonies that were then known as the "United States of America" . It originated in a time when we battled one country for freedom and independence. The flag and our independence were also raised on a foundation and a belief in God. Today, the meaning of the flag maintains just that, yet it has a farther reach and deeper meaning. For not only does it represent that initial war, its victory and its human losses incurred with that war. It now represents the continued freedom we own; the democracy of this great Country; the assistance of democracy in other countries; the war against terrorism; and the many, many, many thousands of men and women, who from each of the 50 states of our great Nation, who served our Country, giving their lives, or otherwise sustaining personal losses of limbs, sight and personal independence so that the message of "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.." shall not be forgotten or lost. Those people who served our United States of America, and who are serving us now make those stars on our flag shine much better and are so much larger than life and indeed extend from "sea to shining sea" in a mammoth proportion that has yet to be equaled or surpassed by any other country ! Put out your flags today ! Thank God today for those brave men and women we call soldiers and thank those soldiers today and everyday for what was fought for and for what they are fighting for today ! May God bless them all always and may God continue to bless America !