What do the bears and stripes mean on the American flag?
The stripes mean the 1st 13 STATES. some people say they represent the the 13 colonies, but they are wrong. If you think about it, the 13 colonies were ruled by Britan and why would we want to put something British on the American flag? We were trying to break free from british rule so we wouldn't want to put something British on the U.S. flag. The red stripes mean courage and the white mean…
13 Stars/Stripes on the First American Flag* *June 14, 1777 - The Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act stating, "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
the number of states. oiginally as more states were added to the united states, besides adding new stars the number of red and white stripes were also increased...up to 15 I think. The flag which the star spangled banner was base upon was such a flag. But then the stripes were reduced to 13, one for each of the original states.