The American Flag – “Long May She Wave”

American flag - long may she waveIn the United States, there is no symbol that inspires patriotism more than the American Flag.  Author Kit Hinrichs has put together a fantastic collection of flag memorabilia, a passion she has pursued over the past forty years.

In her book, she shows how many different “official” flags we have had throughout this country’ history – 27 in all!  But that number pales in comparison to the thousands of “unofficial” American flags.  Studying the evolution of the flag proves just how much the American spirit has evolved over the past 234 years. Continue reading “The American Flag – “Long May She Wave””

The Inauspicious Beginning of the American Flag

Many people are unaware of this, but the historic tale of the American flag was not without a few snags. Before we arrived at the “stars and stripes” version we know and love today, the story had a lot of twists and turns.

First American Flag

When Betsy Ross first sewed the the first American flag in history, it was after several versions were under consideration.  It wasn’t until a few problems arose with the other versions that Betsy finally undertook her famous “stars and stripes” edition, which eventually became the symbol for the unification of the American colonies.

Another version that was under consideration looked a lot like the red, white and blue banner of the British.   When George Washington used this version at Prospect Hill, many of his loyalists mistook it for a sign of defeat.  After this, many key members of the Congressional Committee enlisted the help of Betsy Ross.  A personal friend of George Washington in Philadelphia, Mrs. Ross was already running an upholstery shop when the committee presented her with a crude drawing.  She turned this into the very first flag of the United States.

The first American flag was raised on July 4, 1776, the date that is now known as Independence Day.  It is a time when all U.S. citizens celebrate the hard won freedom from British rule.  To this day, whenever the American flag is raised it remains a symbol of the battles that were won in the struggle for independence, and it is an inspiration to American citizens.

The American flag is more than a symbol of American patriotism; it is a symbol of American resolve.  Even in our country’s early darkest days, the sight of the original Betsy Ross American flag has inspired many to remember the strength and commitment to freedom that is within us all, and it continues to inspire many to greatness today.