The national flag  of the  United States of America  is composed of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating  with white.  There is a blue  rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small,  white,  five-pointed stars -- arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of 6 stars (top & bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. 

The 50 stars represent  the 50 States, and the thirteen strips represent the original 13 American Colonies. Known as "Old Glory", the design and colors have been the basis for a number or other flags, e.g. Chile, Liberia, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico.

The United States of America (Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!)

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