An interesting set of questions: 1) The flag has 13 stripes. Does each stripe represent a specific original state? If so, which stripe for which state? Does it go in the order in which the original 13 colonies joined the union? Would that start from the bottom or the top? 2) The flag has 50 stars. Does each star represent a spsecific state? If so, which state goes with which star? (A search on wikipedia shows which states and stars were added over time but I was not sure of a particular star mapped to a particular state) Does anyone know this?