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History of the Betsy Ross Flag

History of the Betsy Ross Flag 

As Americans we know, or we should at least know, who Betsy Ross is. We have learned about her in our history class, and we probably saw a picture of her creating a flag, but how many of us know what the history of the flag itself is. The Betsy Ross flag often brings a sense of intense nationality and patriotism, which we all know and have experienced as American citizens. The Betsy Ross flag is an important part of our history as a nation, as citizens, and as an individual.  

It is rumored that during the summer of 1776, Betsy Ross received a visit from the one and only George Washington, where he asked her to create a flag for their young country. Along with Washington was Robert Morris and George Ross, the uncle of her late husband. These three men were a part of a secret committee, although Betsy Ross was acquainted with two of them already. George Ross, as mentioned, was the uncle of Betsy Ross’s late husband. Betsy was familiar with George Washington as they worshiped at the same church, and their pews were seated right next to each other.  

During that monumental visit, Betsy Ross was called upon to help finish designing, and physically create the first American flag for the country, which Washington had asked for her help in creating. When Washington visited with her on that day, he had shown her an original design which included a six-pointed star. However, Betsy Ross disagreed with the six-pointed star and declared that it should be a different star. Betsy Ross finalized the design by arguing for a five-pointed star, and allegedly was able to do so in a single snip. Thus, the Betsy Ross flag, the monumental flag that is famous for its history today, was created.  

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There is still mystery and confusion over what the meaning of the flag is, if there is any meaning behind it. Obviously, the Betsy Ross flag is a major symbol of nationality among Americans, and especially among the early American colonies. There was a myth, that has since been discredited, that the Betsy Ross flag was based on the Washington coat of arms. Another theory is that the stars are represented of man striving for greatness, greatness that is beyond himself, which is their ancient meaning. Today, we know the stars as representing the states on the American flag and assumed that the stars represent the original thirteen colonies/states on the Betsy Ross flag. The stripes are rumored to be from the Navy Jack Flag, the flag with the famous “Don’t Tread on Me” motto. The color of the stripes is thought to be from the Union flag. However, the real meaning behind the flag is still a mystery but the meaning we learn about in history is that the stars represent the thirteen colonies that fought for their independence during the revolutionary war beginning in 1775.  

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There is also still question over who designed and made the first flag, and whether Betsy Ross created it as Betsy Ross made several flags around this time period, and there were several other men and women who also were well-known for their flags they created. It’s hard to know what happened as the story portrayed above wasn’t brought to the public’s attention until almost a century later in 1870 by Ross’ grandson. The tale of Betsy Ross’ encounter with George Washington on that day in 1776 was passed down through generations of the Ross family, however it was never mentioned until her grandson decided to share the tale. There is a receipt of Ross being paid fifteen pounds for sewing ship’s standards by the Pennsylvania State Navy Board, but Betsy Ross was making several flags around the time of this receipt, as previously mentioned. There is no guarantee that this receipt pertained to the flag that we know today as the Betsy Ross flag. Receipts also exist for other seamstresses at the same time as Betsy Ross including Margaret Manning, Cornelia Bridges, and Rebecca Young. However, it seems as though the tale that was passed down through Ross’ family tree is the one that is most likely true, especially since this is the tale that we have all learned and know today. Betsy Ross created the first American flag.  

History of the Betsy Ross American Flag from 1776

As we notice, there is not much cemented history regarding flags back in the 1700 - 1800s. The fragmentary, inconclusive history regarding the flag is due in part because the nation at the time did not associate flags with a sense of nationality, which we do today. This wasn’t until much later that nationality and a sense of pride came with flags. The Star-Spangled Banner had a similar story, as it was created but did not grow in popularity until much later. Today, flags are a major part of our sense of pride and nationality, no matter what country you are a part of, but especially in America. No matter where you go, there is a good chance that you will see the notorious red, white and blue flag somewhere on your trip.  

Whatever the true history of the flag is, it eventually expressed a national desire for female patriotism, who showed support for their male counterparts, thanks to Betsy Ross. Betsy Ross did make flags and was very talented in doing so, which still expresses a sense of pride when mentioned today. Whatever the history is behind the flag, and no matter who designed the flag, Betsy Ross was able to create a five-pointed star in a single snip, a five-pointed star which was on the Betsy Ross flag, and is on the American Flag today.  

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If you’ve never seen what the Betsy Ross Flag looks like, or if you want to see what styles of the Besty Ross flags we offer, head on over to our Wooden American Flags and click on our Betsy Ross collection. We have anywhere from the signature style, a natural wood style, to a rustic wood style. We even offer Betsy Ross flags with a thin red or blue line in support of our first responders. Sizes range from a 24” x 14” small wooden flag, to our 4XL flag that is 75” x 45” in size. You can also request for us to design a custom flag, which could be a Betsy Ross design, or not, that you have in mind.  

Don’t want a flag, but still want to represent Betsy Ross in the best way you know how? Check out our patriotic apparel where we have several different Betsy Ross T-shirt designs to choose from. We also have select hoodies with a Betsy Ross design. Check it out! 

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CPL Lance M. Thompson, Never Forgotten!

Cpl. Lance M. Thompson, US Marine

Cpl. Lance M. Thompson, USMC. Gave is life for the United States of America November 15, 2004
KIA - November 15, 2004
Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

21 years of age, from Upland, Indiana.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Nov. 15 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.

During Lance M. Thompson's time in Iraq, he saw both the ridiculous and the profound. At one point, he found himself sitting in Saddam Hussein's abandoned hot tub. At another, he saw the bodies of a young mother clutching a small child in a mass grave. "He saw that and thought he was doing the right thing," said his father, Gregory Thompson said.

Lance M. Thompson, CPL USMC was KIA on November 15, 2004. Etherton Hardwoods salutes Lance and all who have paid the ultimate price this Memorial Day.

Lance Thompson, 21, of Upland, Ind., was killed Nov. 15, 2004 in an explosion in Ramadi. He was based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Lance M. Thompson was a United States Marine who was Killed in Action on November 15, 2004. Etherton Hardwoods remembers Lance and all who have laid down there lives for freedom this Memorial Day.

"He made a comment to me in an e-mail in October," Greg Thompson said. "It was better to be fighting terrorists in a foreign land than in the streets of New York or Chicago." Thompson graduated from high school in 2001 and joined the Marines a few months later. "Lance's motto was 'gung-ho,' and he wanted to keep going," said Matt Dalton, Thompson's stepbrother.

CPL Lance M. Thompson, US Marine - KIA November 15, 2004 while service with 2/5 Marines in Iraq.

Dalton said he knows Lance is looking down on him. "When I'm working the streets, patrolling as a deputy sheriff and as a firefighter, I know he's going to be my guardian angel," he said.

Lance M. Thompson, CPL United States Marine Corps - KIA November 15, 2004 - Operation Iraqi Freedom - Etherton Hardwoods Remembers all the fallen this Memorial Day.
Etherton Hardwoods will never forget CPL Lance Thompson and the sacrifice he made to protect our freedoms in the United States of America. This Memorial Day we remember...and always. Semper Fidelis.
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Who was Uncle Sam?

Who was Uncle Sam? History of Uncle Sam by Etherton Hardwoods.

Who was Uncle Sam? 


As Americans, we often hear the name “Uncle Sam” and personify it with the United States, freedom, and the United States Flag. When hearing Uncle Sam, a specific, exquisite picture comes to mind. A picture of a proud American dressed in red, white, and blue pointing directly at you. The monumental picture of Uncle Sam is one that, although was created in 1917, over a hundred years ago, is still well-known today and proudly portrays the American idea and pride. But do you really know who Uncle Sam was? Was he a great American soldier or politician? A founding father? Was he even a person or just someone drawn up in order to get Americans excited about joining a war?  


Did you know that the term “Uncle Sam” was coined after a man named Samuel Wilson? Samuel Wilson wasn’t a founding father or an important American Soldier, but a man who delivered barrels of beef to the United States army during the war of 1812. Wilson was a businessman from Troy, New York and lived from the years 1766-1854. During his youth, Wilson served in the American Revolution at the young age of 15. After his service, he decided to settle in New York where he began the meatpacking facility with his brother. The barrels of meat that they shipped had the stamp “U.S.” on them which indicated that they were property of the United States. However, it started to become acquainted with “Uncle Sam”, Wilson’s nickname.  


So, Wilson is the person the term is stemmed from, but there is controversy over whether or not that is the origin of the famous phrase. “Uncle Sam” was mentioned in the “Yankee Doodle” song which was popularized before the War of 1812 and Samuel Wilson. The song appeared in 1775, some 37 years earlier.  

There was also once a woman who was the personification of our great nation in the early twentieth century. Her name was Columbia, aka Lady Liberty, and she predated the country by about 40 years. Columbia mainly represents the nation as a whole, whereas Uncle Sam personifies mainly our government.  


The great symbol of Uncle Sam expressed the nation and eventually became a physical picture in the mid to late 1800’s. Thomas Nast, a popular cartoonist, began putting a face to the name by drawing up a picture of the famous phrase. He continued editing the picture, eventually adding the white beard and the famous red, white and blue, stars and stripes suit. However, the iconic picture that is famously associated with Uncle Sam, was created in 1917 as a military recruiting poster by James Montgomery Flagg. Since then, everyone equates that picture with Uncle Sam.  


Whether the famous picture looks like Samuel Wilson is still up for debate. A picture from the era of Wilson’s death shows him with the white hair and similar expression, so it is tempting, as well as it would make sense, that the picture would be made to look like its eponym. However, it is reported that Flagg used his own face as inspiration for the prominent poster. 


Uncle Sam was an icon that was advertised and used on everything including butter, coffee, garden ads, etc. Although the term started in the 1800’s, it wasn’t until the early 1960’s that the U.S. government declared Samuel Wilson the forefather behind Uncle Sam. Over 100 years later

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and Samuel Wilson was finally recognized as the true icon he is, but Americans today still don’t know who he is.  


Did you know that George Bush declared September 13th “Uncle Sam Day”? In the Proclamation 6016 of September 5, 1989 Busch states, “To honor Samuel Wilson on the anniversary of his birth and the occasion of the bicentennial of the City of Troy, New York, the Congress, by Public Law 100-645, has designated September 13, 1989, as "Uncle Sam Day" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event. 


He says, “NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 13,1989, as Uncle Sam Day and call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. 


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fourteenth”. You can read the full proclamation here.


This seems like a pretty monumental, important day, right? Did you know that September 13th was Uncle Sam Day before reading this post? When you look up on Google “What day is September 13th, your search results probably say that it is International Chocolate Day. Chocolate is delicious, but as an American, Uncle Sam Day is more important. 


Uncle Sam is still popular, although not nearly as admired as he was in the early 1900s, it still is an important symbol of patriotism in America today and an important part of our history. Next time you see the symbolic Uncle Sam picture or hear his name, remember who he was and the antiquity behind his name.  



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What does the Thin Blue Line mean?

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What is the Thin Blue Line Flag?

This is a question that we are often asked and it is important to understand the history and meaning behind, the Thin Blue Line flag.

The Thin Blue Line Flag is a symbol of support for our local Police Officers. Our local Police Officers get up each morning and put their lives on the line in order to keep our communities safe. The Blue Line is used because blue is the traditional color of most these brave officers’ uniforms. Also, blue is the color of the flashing lights mounted atop of their patrol vehicles when an officer is in an emergency situation. Blue is also the color that represents Justice for all, Freedom for all, Bravery of those called to serve and solidarity of teamwork or brotherhood to ensure each and every one of us can live in peace.

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The Thin Blue Line reminds us all of the sacrifices that our brave police officers do for us all each and every day. If you have ever been the victim of a crime, it was that brave officer who was first there to offer support and protection. Late at night, after a horrible accident, it is our brave boys in Blue who knock on your door to give you news about your loved one. When a bad guy is breaking the law in your neighborhood, it is the brave police officer who put themself at risk of injury or even death, so peace can be restored.

The Thin Blue Line also stands as a symbol of honor for those brave police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Thin Blue Line stands as a Living Memorial to honor these officers who laid down their lives so that our communities can we a safe and peaceable place for our families. In a school shooting, for example, while the bad guys bullets are flying around them, they bravely are the first to enter to restore order.

The Thin Blue Line flag can be displayed in our home as a show of support for these brave men and women who put on the blue uniform each day so we can be assured of peace and safely.

The Thin Blue Line flag can be displayed as a Memorial at a fallen Police Officers funeral or graveside service.

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The Thin Blue Line flag can be given to a Police Officer on the special occasion of their retirement or promotion. Not only does it acknowledge the officers loyal service to the community, but it is displayed as a badge of honor. Not only for the officer’s service but also for those who came and served before them.

The Thin Blue Line concept can trace its history all the way back to 1854. It was the British army regiment who first carried a Thin Line flag. In the first instance it was a Thin Red Line flag that these displayed in the famous, Crimean War. The Scottish Highlanders, who wore red styled uniforms into battle and in this military campaign they defeated the Russian cavalry attack.

In modern times, the phrase, Thin Blue Line was first known to be used in the United States of America in 1911. N.D. Anderson published a poem entitled, The Thin Blue Line. In this famous poem, N.D. Anderson was referencing the US Army’s blue uniforms in battle. It was later carried forward to reference the modern day police officers uniform color of blue.

(a poem by N.D. Anderson from 1911)
The thin, blue line that falters not,
 Though wavering like a fluttering veil
Beneath the sun so burning hot,
 Shall it forget, that never forgot,
 The flag whose stars can never pale
Out of that sky whose bend of blue
Is one triumphant arch and grand
Where marches under warriors, who,
 Returning from the thin, blue line,
 Bring honors for their native land,
And trophies for her Freedom's shrine.
 The thin, blue line that fights for right,
That never bends the knee to might,
 Has ever since it knew God's light
Fought dark Oppression in his lair,
 And routed Wrong from valleys fair,
 Sweet Peace and Plenty leaving there.
 O God! The thin, blue line is Thine;
 The man behind the gun is Thine;
 They’ve left their labors and their kine:
 The old, bowed man, the youth, the boy,
Have left the implement and toy:
 Because their Father called them then—
O God, the thin, blue line of fighting men!
The thin, blue line that falters not,
 Though wavering like the wind-tossed cloud,
 Beneath the death-cold sun forgot,
 Cries forth its battle-slogan proud,
 Nor shivers fearful of its lot.
 Let not Ambition on thy dead
Rear palaces of pride to man;
 Let not thy blood, for Freedom shed,
 Enslave the darker-minded clan;
 Shall Nations laud to Heaven high
The man who used thee for their death?
 Shall all thy warriors turn and die
At Greed's mere beck, or Emperor's breath?
 No, never shall of thee be said:
 “The thin, blue line is hired to slay.”
The flag that waves above thy head
Has never yet been borne astray;
 The honored tomb is wide for thee—
 It’s better thou should die than a foul be!
 The thin, blue line that falters not—
God's vengeance on thy Captains be!
 Have they their fathers’ wrongs forgot,
 To hunt their brothers’ liberty?
 All men are equal born, those held;
 Shall these, the lesser, then in vain
Hold all their fathers made so plain,
 And seek the slaver's chains to weld?
God's vengeance on thy Captains be,
 If they hold not their murderous hands!
 The wilder race loves liberty,
 Leave then to them their native lands.
 Give back, give back, shall be the cry
A million mothers’ grief-wrung hearts
Shall ask of you when none knows why
The thin, blue line the heathen starts
And forces it to give or die.
 For know defeat is for the wrong,
 Though they who fight may never know,
 But go with laughter and with song
Because their Captains tell them so.

In the 1950’s Bill Parker, the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, used the symbol of the Thin Blue Line flag to represent his reforms of the modern police department. The Thin Blue Line grew in popularity to honor our Police Officers in the following years and decades.

In the same way that, Old Glory, our great American Flag stands as a symbol of Freedom to the American people and the bold and brave sacrifices that bore the birth of our great Republic. The flags that display the Thin Blue Line also stands as a symbol of Honor and Sacrifice to our great Law Enforcement Officers. It is these officers who help to keep the peace from sea to shinning sea.

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