Wave the flag with Betsy

Betsy Hattingdon hat design. July 2017. © Vivian Grant Farrell.
Betsy Hattingdon hat design. July 2017. © Vivian Grant Farrell.

Happy 4th of July.

Hattingdon wears a percher with a deep blue oval base sprinkled with white five-point stars adorned by a large red and white striped double bow. Matching red nosebobs.

The design is named Betsy after Betsy Ross who made the first flag of the newly born United States of America.

What do the red, white, and blue of the flag represent?

The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows:

Red: Valor and hardiness,
White: Purity and innocence
Blue: Vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.  Source: ushistory.org »

Updated July 7, 2017.

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