Betsy Ross Flag
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History of the Betsy Ross Flag
The Betsy Ross Flag is an instantly recognizable version of the Stars and Stripes. Its significant difference from the current flag of the United States of America is in its canton. This feature, at the top left, or hoist side of the flag, is strikingly different from the current design.
Where the modern national flag of the USA has a deep blue canton with 50 stars arranged in rows, the Betsy Ross Flag features 13 stars in a circular formation. These 13 stars represent the 13 British colonies which eventually formed the United States of America. It is a popular variation, flown in towns and municipalities across the country.
As with other versions of the national flag, historians continue to debate the actual origin of the Betsy Ross Flag's design. For many years in the 18th Century, the Union was in the process of consolidation in the face of British and other armies and politicians. The Betsy Ross Flag is one iconic symbol of the history of this struggle.
Betsy Ross was a relative of George Ross, who sat on the committee which passed the Flag Act of 1777. George Washington headed this committee, which was set up to establish a design for the newly founded United States of America. The stars which still appear on the modern national flag were put there to represent a new constellation in the night sky. The stars and stripes design was passed by the 2nd Continental Congress.
After the Act was enacted, the original design for the stars was to have six points. It is said by members of the Ross family that Betsy Ross changed this to five sided stars, which were easier to make and stitch to the flag. This is one of many facts which is open to debate, but the current flag of the USA has five pointed stars to this day.
Betsy Ross herself never made any claims to have had a hand in the flag's design. These claims were made by members of her extended family long after her death, in 1837. She was one of a large number of flag makers in Philadelphia who helped cement the success of the American Revolution. The Betsy Ross Flag itself is today flown in many places as an acknowledgment of the vital role of women in that revolution.
The flag is reported to have been first flown in 1792. Its distinctive circular constellation proved very popular among American soldiers and citizens alike. It is now incorporated into the seal of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA. The seal also has the modern flag, carried by an American bald eagle.
By using the Betsy Ross Flag as part of their seal, the VA acknowledge the role of veterans of all American conflicts, from the country's initial struggles against European colonialists to current conflicts. The Betsy Ross Flag is particularly valued in some parts and communities in the USA, as it has a special place in their hearts.