When it comes to our nations flag, the exact origin is unknown. However most of us know that seamstress Besty Ross is given the credit by a majority of historians. She is reported to have hand sewn the first flag in 1776, but did you know that it wasn't established as the official flag until more than a year later in June of 1777. The first official flag had thirteen stripes, and thirteen stars in a field of blue. The stars were said to represent a new constellation. The flag has gone though several changes throughout history. Altering the stripes, the order of the stars, the number of stars and stripes, but the colors have always remained the same. The Continental Congress never actually spoke about what those colors represented. In 1782 the Great Seal of the United States first appeared, and that's when colors where explained. Most historians adapted those meanings for the flag as well: white representing purity and innocence, red - hardiness and valor, and blue representing vigilance and justice. Today's flag has thirteen equal horizontal alternating stripes, seven in red and six in white. There is a blue square with fifty small five-point stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six. Fifty stars represent the fifty states, and the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen original colonies. You might be surprised to learn that a pattern has already been drawn up just in case another state is added...can you imagine a flag with 51 stars?
The United States of America's Flag represents so much more than a flying piece of material. Old Glory is a symbol of independence, liberty, pride, hope, patriotism, honor, sacrifice, home, responsibility, and so much more. The flag represents so much that it also has become Americana's signature. I would love to hear from you. Let me know what comes to your mind when you see the Stars and Stripes.
I am whatever you make me, nothing more. I am your belief in yourself, your dream of what a people may become.... I am the clutch of an idea and the reasoned purpose of resolution. I am no more than you believe me to be, and I am all that you believe I can be. I am whatever you make me, nothing more. ~Franklin Knight Lane
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