Thursday, July 2, 2009

Did Betsy Ross Make the First Stars and Stripes?

So did Betsy Ross really make the America's first official flag? There was no question of who made the first flag when I was in school many, many, many moons ago. If there was a question then it was left out of my history books. If you are interested in the controversy, check out Flagstuff.com for the details. If you want a replica of the Betsy Ross flag, go here: Valley Forge Heritage Cotton.

The 13 stripes on the flag represent the 13 colonies and the 13 stars also represent the 13 colonies. Stars on early flags had 6 points, some even had 7 and 8 point stars. Congress never specified the number of points of the stars. It was not until 1912 that Congress decided that the red stripes should outnumber the white ones. Red stands for hardiness and valor; white stands for purity and innocence; and the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

God bless America.

Until next time, God bless you.

3 comments:

chicamom85 said...

That is a very nice post before the holiday. I learned something, thanks.

Anne

SquirrelQueen said...

Yep, that's pretty much the same thing I remember being taught those many moons ago. And no matter what they say it's the version I like.
Very nice post.
Judy

Lynn said...

SQ, I'm so excited you said that! I like that version too; and if there is a question, don't tell me. Leave some romance and charm.