Betsy Ross Worked Hard For the Money

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross - Tough to the Core

Betsy Ross  is best known for making the first US flag but… akin to telling you there is no Santa Claus… Betsy was not the first person who made the flag, but it IS documented that she received payment in 1777 to make “ship’s colours” for the Pennsylvania State Navy.

Her life, however, is a classic example of American perseverance. She ultimately endured widowhood, single motherhood, managing a household, running an upholstery business, and remarrying for economic reasons.

 If that was not enough she was expelled from her Quaker meeting house in Philadelphia by family and friends for her initial marriage since her husband was not a Quaker.

She died at 84 years old in 1836. Fifty years later her grandson was featured in Harper’s Monthly telling the fabled story that his grandmother made the first flag in June of 1776 after a visit from President George Washington. Her grandson had an active imagination and a tough grandmother.

 

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Why You Need to Hoist a US Flag

The US flag is very complex insofar as its meaning for each individual. The flag is also a tough survivor. It has seen battle, been burned, turned upside down, and been used for political gain but it is a survivor.

If you are a survivor, the US flag is the ultimate symbol representing that you will not go down without a fight. You have a right to your beliefs no matter what anyone else thinks. These rights have been tested over the years but the flag is still there for you. Fly it.

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About SherryHoldridge

At OHSAY USA she leads the fastest growing Made in American gift store which provides quality goods from manufacturers across America. OHSAY USA's mission is centered on Citizenship. "To help our neighbors by stimulating job growth and renewing a sense of pride and opportunity in the place we live. We provide Americans a central source to buy quality American made goods from inventors, designers and even companies who have been here since the 1800's." http://www.ohsayusa.com She also leads Austin's environmental information network, Urban Green ATX, which has a base of 2,300 eco business leaders in Austin following LOHAS principals. http://www.twitter.com/urbangreenatx Previously Sherry Holdridge spent 20 years assisting Fortune 500 companies and mid-size businesses with their marketing strategies and helped launch iconic toys which now sit on the office desk of millions of people.

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