Originally, the colors used in the flag in 1777 did not have any specific meaning, but the following explanation by Charles Thompson, secretary of the Continental Congress, explained the meaning of the colors in the Seal of the United States.
"The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."
I was mowing at the farm the other day and thinking about the flag, and realized that there are a lot of those values still alive and well in the heartland and across the nation
This is my heartland version of the red, white and blue.
Happy 4th of July !