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079 American Flag

The American flag is mentioned during Fathers’ expeditions and was something he gave the Commander while aboard the Roosevelt.   The American flag is the nation’s most widely recognized symbols; however it didn’t always appear with 50 stars and 13 stripes.  The history of the American flag dates back to the American Revolutionary War when George Washington formed the basis of the first design of the flag, although there still remains a mystery as to who actually designed the first flag.  The most notable tale involves Elizabeth Griscom Ross, a seamstress for George Washington, and her request from the President to sow the design they have created. 

In 1776, Ross sowed the flag which some speculate she altered from the original design.  Another story mentions Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a letter to the Board of Admiralty in 1780 claiming he was the designer of the American flag.

For 18 years, the American flag had thirteen alternating red and white stripes which represented the original 13 colonies.  The colors were chosen as red represents hardiness and white represents purity and innocence. 

The flag continued to evolve as more states were added as stars.  It wasn’t until July 4, 1960 that the American flag included all 50 states  and this remains the model we use today.  There is also proper etiquette when dealing with the American flag.  Such guidelines include: never touching the ground and if flown at night must be illuminated.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:38  


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