Betsy Ross

The Flag

The American Flag has stood as a symbol for freedom and justice for over two hundred and fifty years. The sight of the American flag has given passion, power and glory to our nation during times of war and stress. Since early years the American flag has remained as a living piece of history and a symbol that represents Americans from both the past and present day.

Due to our entering into the American Revolution a flag became a necessity for the nation to have. Prior to the revolution and having our own flag American revolutionaries were using a variety of different flags. These flags were used to express the nations distaste for British rule. On June 14, 1777 congress had finally recognized that the nation needed a flag. It was decided by congress that the flag of the United States will be thirteen stripes alternating red and white; and the union will be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared their independence from Great Brittan and were also the first states. The flag was a representation meant to symbolize American nationalism.

Even though the flag represents something so powerful and great for many years now we have struggled to understand who we should give thanks and credit to. A great deal of historical evidence is lacking so many assumptions have been made through out the years. Until otherwise noted though many Americans will continue to give credit and thanks to Betsy Ross for her design and creation in collaboration with the continental congress.