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Is This a State Flag or a Country Flag?
by Khadija Leon

"Whose broad stripes and bright stars..." If you're from the United States, you've probably sung these lyrics tons of times. From the national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, these words are used to describe the United States flag. While it's easy to identify the U.S. flag, can you pick out those of its 50 states? Even further, when given a picture, could you decide if it's a state flag or a country flag?

When looking at the United States flag, it tells a story of its history. The 13 stripes are for the original 13 colonies that became the first states of the Union. The 50 stars are meant to represent the 50 states that make up the country. What many might not realize is that each of the 50 states has its own flag that tells its own story. Could you compare these 50 flags to the 194 other national flags across the globe?

If given a red and white flag, could you decide whether it's for the U.S. state of Alabama or the country of Canada? Could you decide on the state of Texas or the country of Czech Republic when given a red, white, and blue flag with a similar pattern?

Between the United States and the United Nations, there are close to 250 flags to choose from. Can you identify if the picture is a state flag or a country flag?

There's only one way to find out! Will you be left flying high in the wind or will you get stuck in a nearby tree? Let's find out!

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