Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Birthday, America! - On July 4, 1776......

America was born.

The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people.

Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate their freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings.

Time for the history bit.......

Betsy Ross and the American Flag

The first flag representing the United States was sanctioned by George Washington using colors from The British Kings Colours. It was called the Grand Union flag. Soon, it was decided that a new flag was needed to represent America, and it was decided to be red, white, and blue, with stars and stripes representing the colonies. It is said that George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross (Betsy Ross's late husbands uncle) came to Ross's home and asked her to sew the new flag. Originally, George Washington had wanted 6-pointed stars on the flag, but Betsy Ross demonstrated how to cut a 5-pointed star in a single snip, and the committee was so impressed that they allowed Betsy Ross to sew our new American flag, using the 5-pointed star.

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