George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin.
These names all sound familiar right? I would hope so. They are considered by a most as the Founding Fathers of America.
Deborah Sampson, Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, Molly Pitcher, Betsy Ross.
Less recognized? It is my opinion that women offered just as much to the founding of America as did the men who governed our nation during its beginning. But one distinctly stands out on this 4th of July.
Betsy Ross, a widow who had lost two husbands due to the Revolutionary War was approached by a secret committee from the Continental Congress in early May 1776. This committee included General George Washington, wealthy Mr. Robert Morris and George Ross, the uncle of her late husband.
They requested that Mrs. Ross take on the task of sewing America's first flag. Mrs. Ross was a seamstress who managed to parent 7 young children and run her own upholstery business. This and her connections with the men from the Continental Congress garnered her the honor of stitching together this brave symbol of freedom our Nation still celebrates.
Betsy Ross finished the flag in late May/early June and on June 14th 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the flag for America.
"Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen starts, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."
So think fondly back to this time and remember Betsy Ross as a women who heroically gave of her time and resources to house solders. But to present America with a symbol of unity that has lasted still.
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."