The American Flag!
I hope you had a nice long weekend, and had a good Armistice Day as well!
In the United States, we celebrate Armistice Day, but we call it Veterans Day (le jour des vétérans). I think it is a very important holiday, and we should be proud to celebrate it. It is very good to know the history of your country!
I'm sure that many of you know what this is:
It is the flag of your country! This is the French flag. The French flag has three colors: blue, white, and red.
The American flag (the flag of the United States of America) has the same colors as the French flag: red, white, and blue.
My flag has stars (des étoiles) and stripes (des rayures). There are fifty (50) stars and thirteen (13) stripes. Sometimes we call the flag "The Stars and Stripes," or even "Old Glory."
The stars represent the fifty states (des états) of the United States (that's a lot of states!). I live in Connecticut. That's only one state; there are forty-nine (49) more!
France has départements, which are similar to our states. Martinique is one département of France; there are ninety-six (96) in the metropole, and four (4) others outside the metropole. That's a lot of départements! Can you imagine if the French flag had one hundred and one (101) stripes instead of three?
The thirteen stripes on the American flag represent the thirteen original colonies that won independence from Britain in 1776 during the American Revolutionary War! They were the first thirteen states of America!
The highlighted states (des états ombrés) are the original thirteen states from 1776!
Next time you see me, remember to tell me how many states there are in the USA (there are 50!), and how many there were at the beginning of the USA's history (there were 13!)!
Before you leave, be sure to check out my country's national anthem in the "Links" section!
See you around!
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