The flag of the United States of America is not only a symbol for a country, but also of the ideals that the country stands for. It is widely recognized throughout the world and within the US borders, where it can be seen in many different forms. The US flag has undergone many changes since its introduction and today the flag consists of 50 white stars that represent the 50 states, and 13 stripes which are a representation of the 13 colonies that declared independence from British rule.
The first American flag
There is much debate about who designed the original American flag. Many historians suggest that the answer may never be discovered. However, there are some popular theories about the design of the first American Flag.
The most popular of these theories is that Betsy Ross designed and sewed the first American flag on July 4th, 1776, after being given a rough drawing as a guide. According to her daughter, she made some modifications to the design and sewed the first flag.
Rebecca Young is another person that is suggested to have designed the first American flag, but this is also unverified. However, the stories about these ladies only surfaced some years after they died and the claims have never been proven.
We do know that the first flag was made in Philadelphia, but it is believed that at least 17 people were creating flags during the time in the area and any one of them could have designed the first flag.
Who designed the current American flag?
The person who designed the current flag is Robert Heft. He designed the flag for a school project when he was 17 years old. His teacher graded his project a B-, but agreed to improve the grade if the flag was accepted by Congress. The rest, as they say, is history.