Oh Say Can You See

Happy Flag Day!  For our international friends, on June 14, 1777, the new United States government passed the following resolution:

“That the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white on a blue field, representing the new constellation.”

Though we know that the current American flag with fifty stars was designed by a child,1 there’s a bit of mystery as to who created the first flag.  Sure, Betsy Ross gets the credit.  But the story of Washington visiting Ms. Ross and requesting that she sew a flag only came to light after her death, when her grandson related the tale.

Though we may not actually know how it started, we know where the flag has been.  From the US Capitol to the Moon.  From lapel pins…

to swimwear…

to pastries…

And now, to socks.

It’s been quite a journey.  Happy birthday American Flag!

1. And he only got a B-