Some well-known symbols of the USA

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American culture has a strong sense of patriotism, family values and national pride. There is a great deal of symbolism in American society.

The American flag

Americans fly the flag, also known as the Stars and Stripes or Old Glory, on national holidays as a symbol of their patriotism and loyalty to their country. Many people now fly the flag every day outside their homes, and wear flag pins on their clothing. Each of the 50 stars on the flag represents a state.

The American eagle

The bald eagle is the symbol of the United States of America, and represents freedom. It was chosen for its longevity, strength and majesty. The eagle appears on Government seals, dollar notes and coins, and is displayed in offices and homes.

A candle in the window

The US tradition of placing a lit candle in the window symbolizes loyalty to family members who are away from home, and the warmth and security of the family hearth. It dates back from Colonial times.

Tie a yellow ribbon

The famous song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” is based on the American tradition of displaying a yellow ribbon outside the family home as a way of welcoming back those who have been away for a long time due to being at war or in prison. The tradition dates back to a 19th century Civil War song.


The US motto is “In God We Trust” and its national anthem is “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

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