MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 182, JULY 1, 2013
Would you believe that this is my 700th post since I moved my journal to Word Press? And today is also the first day of my new daily post format. I hope you enjoy the changes I’ve made. This weekend posted the legend* about Betsy Ross being given the commission to make the first official flag of the 13 colonies by showing George Washington that she could make perfect five-point stars with a single cut of her scissors. George had originally asked for a flag with six-point stars because it was too difficult to make five-point stars. So the folding assignment on my DAILY ORIGAMI CALENDAR was to duplicate Betsy Ross’s demonstration.
Ole, Betsy, sure knew what she was sewing about. Also the first official flag of the United States of America also had 13 alternating red and white stripes — one for each State or Commonwealth of the new nation. Up until 1818 a new star and a new stripe was added to the flag for each new state. So the Star Spangled Banner flag that inspired Francis Scott Key had 15 stars and stripes.
*And the story about Betsy Ross designing the first flag was just another old flag maker’s tale. The first flag was most probably designed by Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey. He was one of the signers of the Declaration Of Independence. He actually sent a bill to Congress in 1777 for designing the flag. His fee was one cast of public wine. He was never paid.
RICH, MELT IN YOUR MOUTH CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
I had enough leftovers for three more dinners.
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