The American Flag’s journey presumably started in May 1776 when George Washington and members of the Continental Congress walked into an old upholstery shop with simply a rough design. The seamstress, Betsy Ross, a long time acquaintance of George Washington brought Washington’s design to life with only a slight modification of the original design. Washington’s original thoughts of using a six- pointed star were dismissed as Ross’s thoughts of a five -pointed star being much easier to sew. Unfortunately, these events are unverifiable but many historians believe this is where the story of the American Flag begins. This version of events was made popular in 1870 when Ross’s grandson, William Canby, gave a speech at the Philadelphia Historical Society boasting of his grandmother’s role in U.S history. Betsy Ross was a well -known flag maker for the Navy of Pennsylvania. The first official flag was approved by the Continental Congress in 1777.
The official flag contained thirteen stars representing the thirteen colonies. Many believe that this design was created by Francis Hopkinson, a member of the Continental Congress. After admitting Vermont and Kentucky into the Union, two more stars and two more stripes were added in 1795. This flag was known as “star spangled banner” and inspired our national anthem to be written. After five more states gained admittance Congress required the number of stars is equal to the number of states. In 1960 when Hawaii became a state, the last star was added making the final count fifty. This is the flag that we fly today. The colors of the flag also have meaning. White signifies innocence, blue signifies perseverance and justice and red signifying hardiness and valor. The gold trim has no significant meaning and is generally used on ceremonial indoor flags that are used for special services. The fringe does not appear to be an integral part of the flag. Our flag is also worn on the uniform of the U.S Armed forces. When worn in the appropriate manner the flag is facing to the observer’s right and creates the effect of the flag waving in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.