Betsy Ross was an excellent seamstress in Philadelphia to whom George Washington showed a rough design of a flag, including a six-point star. In research I found she quite aptly demonstrated that she could easily cut a five-point star with her scissor artistry. A flag was completed within a few weeks.
In July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was presented for the first time at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell tolling, announcing the fact that a new nation had been born!
The stars in the flag represented the original 13 states: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
Now, in research, I find that from George Washington’s interpretation, the stars on the blue background were taken from the night sky; red stripes from the British flag and the white stripes signified independence from the home country.
Today, only the layout and number of stars have changed on our flag reflecting our growth to 50 states, however, the original red and white stripes remain the same. In every way possible let’s celebrate the independence of our nation, including our own personal freedom with a hand over our heart, our heads bowed in prayer as this “piece of cloth,” our grand old flag is saluted honoring those still serving our country and in memory of those who have given their lives ... God ... please bless America again ... Amen.