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All About the United States of America


Welcome to the United States of America! My name is Madeline, and I'm a 14 year old American girl. In this blog, I will show you a little about my country, including our flag, president, cities, troops, symbols, and more. I hope you enjoy and please come visit our lovely country soon!
The Flag


The flag of the United States of America is called The Star-Spangled banner. It has 13 red and white stripes, with 50 stars against a blue background. The stars represent the 50 states in America. The star symbols were created to represent a "new constellation" to show that the USA was a new country. The 13 stripes represent the first 13 colonies of the United States. The colors also mean something: red represents courage and hardiness, blue represents perseverance and justice, and white represents purity and innocence.
In most schools, American children pledge allegiance to the flag every morning. Americans take the flag very seriously. There are many rules how to handle the flag and keep it looking nice.
If you visit Washington D.C., you will see the very first American flag in a museum.
The National Anthem: "The Star Spangled Banner"


The national anthem of the United States is about the flag. In 1814, Frances Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy. Through the entire battle, Mr. Key saw that the American flag still flew. He wrote a poem about it, and it later became the national anthem. This is the first verse of the anthem:

O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


The anthem is not the only official song of the USA. "America the Beautiful" and "My Country, Tis of Thee" are also famous songs about our country.
Geography


The USA is located in North America. It contains 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. I live in the state of North Carolina, which is located in the Southeast.
The United States is 3,794,000 sq. miles (9,827,000 km2). Over 313,914,040 people live here. The city with the biggest population of people is New York City. There are 74,181,467 children in the US.
The geography of America is very diverse. There are mountains, prairies, beaches, deserts, lakes, and much more. Some areas of the US are cold, while some areas are very warm.
The USA has lots of beautiful land.


Bear Valley in California


Appalachian Mountains


Hawaiian Beach
President of the USA


Barack Obama is the president of the USA. He came to office in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. He is the first African-American president.
The First President


George Washington was the very first president of the USA.
The Presidential Seal

People of the USA


The United States is a land of immigrants. People here came from all over the world! Because of this, American people are very diverse. They come from all different families with different cultures, skin tones, and ideas. The majority of Americans descend from Europe, but there are also many people with South American, African, and Asian ancestry. If you are from a different country, and you visit the USA, you will likely meet people who share the same culture as you do.
I believe that all the different cultures and diversity in America are what make it special.
Native Americans


Native Americans, also called American Indians, were the very first American people. When explorers first disovered the USA, they were suprised to find people already here. While some were kind to the Native people, others were very harsh and cruel towards them. Unfortunately, many Natives died from disease or war, but some were able to live in peace. Their beautiful culture is treasured today and celebrated by even people who are not native.
American Children


American Symbols


The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous symbols of the USA. It was given to us as a friendship gift from France.


Uncle Sam is also a famous American figure.


The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the US and appears on many American official symbols.


This is the Liberty Bell. It was rung in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania in 1776 when the USA finally had freedom. It rung so loud that it cracked!
Washington D.C.


If you get the chance to visit the USA, come to Washington D.C. while you are here. Washington D.C. is our nation's capitol, and you will see lots of famous American buildings and monuments. You can visit many museums to learn the history of the USA. The president and his family lives here, too, in The White House.


This is the Lincoln Memorial, in honor of 16th president Abraham Lincoln. He is known as one of the best American presidents. He did a lot of things for our country, including giving freedom to all slaves.


The White House


The Capitol Building
US Armed Forces


The US Armed Forces is the military of the United States. The branches include the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The Armed Forces protect the USA and its allies no matter the cost. They are very brave and honored.


Soldiers returns home.


WWII monument in Washington D.C.
American Cities
Here are a few examples of American Cities


New York City, New York


Chicago, Illinois


San Francisco, California


Charlotte, North Carolina


Seattle, Washington
Special American Holidays


Independence Day


On July 4th, Americans celebrate their independence and freedom. On this day in 1776, the United States declared freedom from Britain's rule and expressed their right to be their own nation. Today, Americans celebrate with fireworks, picnics, parades, fairs and carnivals, ceremonies, and more.


Patriot Day


On September 11, 2001, the USA was attacked by the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed them into important American buildings. Two planes flew into the World Trade Center towers in NYC. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane was supposed to fly into the Washington D.C. and kill the president, but civilians stopped the terrorists on that plane from doing so. 3,000 people died on this day, and Patriot Day is a way to remember those who died.


Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a harvest festival that takes place in November. Americans give thanks for all their blessings on this day, and families have a big feast. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated long ago as Native Americans and Pilgrims came together for a feast of friendship and thanksgiving.

More special American holidays include MLK Jr. Day (in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.), Labor Day, Memorial Day (remembering those who lost their lives in war), and Veteran's Day (honoring military veterans).
National Dress

Since American people come from all over the world, there is no official national dress. However, sometimes certain clothing is associated with being traditional American clothes. Here are a few of them:


Colonial Clothing

These clothes were worn by Americans at the time that the USA became a nation.



Prairie Clothing

These clothes were worn in the 1800's. A group called the Amish still wear these clothes and live like pioneers, even now.

Native American Clothing

Since Native Americans were the first American people, some people consider their clothes to be the national dress. However, most Americans are not Native so they do not identify with these clothes.
Food of the United States

People in the USA eat food from all over the world. However, there are some foods that are associated in the USA. Some of these foods were not invented in the US but people still consider them to be American.

Hamburger and Hot Dog


Apple Pie


Barbeque


S'mores


New York Pizza

Thank you very much for reading my website. Soon, I will also be creating more websites for the History of the USA and a page for my state, North Carolina.
Please ask me if you have any questions or would like to see a new section on this blog. If you are from another country, I hope you will come visit the USA soon. :)



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