Betsy Ross

Topics: United States, Flag of the United States, Nationalism Pages: 1 (261 words) Published: October 24, 2008
“Key Players of the American Revolution”
“I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Immortal words that shall forever live in every American heart. However, If we hadn’t had Betsy Ross, who’s to say the flag we know and love today would be there at every post office, in every classroom and adorned atop each fallen soldiers’ casket?

In June of 1776, Betsy was confronted by a group of people, with George Washington as their leader. She was a well known seamstress and was asked to bring to life a drawn up model of the original American flag. After having Washington sit down in her parlor to redraw the flag, she soon got to work.

On June 14, 1777 hoping to promote national pride and unity, the Continental Congress adopted a flag that was to stand for the entire nation. It took just short of a year from start to finish. However, if you look around on any patriotic holiday, the idea of not having Old Glory adorned everywhere is just ridiculous.

If not for Mrs. Ross, the flag would have had six-pointed stars instead of five-pointed ones. If not for Mrs. Ross the flag wouldn’t have eventually become set in stone as to how it was to be made. If not for Mrs. Elizabeth Griscom Ross, the flag that is forever flowing in the American heart may not have existed.
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