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On June 14, 1777, The Second Continental Congress officially adopted the flag of the United States. Today it is celebrated as Flag Day.

According to published accounts by Betsy Ross’ only surviving grandson, William J. Canby, Betsy was sitting sewing in her shop one day with her girls around her, when several gentlemen entered. They introduced¬† themselves as a committee of congress, and stated that they had been appointed to prepare a flag. They asked her if she thought she could make one, to which she replied, with her usual modesty and self reliance, that “she did not know but she could try.”

They were shown into her back parlor where they produced a roughly made drawing of the proposed flag. It was defective to the clever eye of Mrs Ross and unsymmetrical, and she offered suggestions which the committee readily approved.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

In this 1920 artistic rendering by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross is shown with Gen. George Washington (seated, left), as well as Continental Finance Secretary Robert Morris, and Continental Congress delegate George Ross.

George Washington, first president of the United States, said: “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”

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