On the face of the seal there is the image of the bald eagle, which is the national symbol of the United States. In one paw he holds 13 arrows, in the other – an olive branch symbolizing the fact that the United States are in “a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war”.
The olive branch is traditionally pictured with 13 leaves and 13 olives.
The Eagle’s head is turned towards the olive branch, which means the greater preference for peace, not war. In its beak the Eagle holds a scroll with the inscription in Latin “Out of Many, One”.
Above the eagle’s head there are 13 stars in the blue cloud. On the breast of the eagle there is a heraldic shield with an azure head with thirteen alternating stripes of the red and silvery colors.
The shield carried by the bold eagle alone means that Americans should rely on their own strength.
The top of the shield represents the legislative power, the head of the Eagle – the executive power, and the tail – the judiciary.
The red and silvery stripes of the shield are the states united. These stripes seem to support the azure stripe, which symbolizes the President and the Congress.
The red color of the stripes symbolizes stamina and valor.
The azure color of the rectangle symbolizes diligence, fairness and vigilance.
The white color symbolises innocence and purity, the red – stamina and valor, the azure – diligence, fairness and vigilance.
The cloud over the head of the Eagle is a constellation that points to the fact that a new nation has taken its place among others.
The Stars and Stripes is the official symbol of the United States.
George Washington explained the design of the flag as follows: “We took the stars from heaven, the red is the color of our native land, the white stripes dividing it means that we have separated from her, and these white stripes will go down in history as a symbol of freedom.”