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What do the stripes on the American flag represent?

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09/06/2012

Well, the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colinies of the U.S.A.. It used to be 1 stripe and star for each state, but with each new state that joined, another stripe and star had to be added. Eventually, there were so many stripes, it was decided that there would be only 13 stripes to honour the first 13 colonies and just a star for each state. I don't really know why the stripes are coloured white and red.