Well it’s time for a little U.S. History lesson about America’s flag!
On this day, December 3rd 2014 marks the very first day the very first (unofficial) flag of our country was flown. The flag of the colonists, with the Union Jack placed initially where the stars are placed today. It does however have the same 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies.
This marks a very unique and sadly much overlooked day in U.S. History, I seem to find the American flag a fascinating thing, and it gives me great joy to be able to display this lovely piece of history in my front yard today, in remembrance of the very first day it was ever flown 239 years ago.
Many people are actually unaware it was ever an American flag at all!
And to be honest, when I first seen it, I had no idea what it was either. But with a little research I quickly fell in love with it! Some people get mad seeing the British flag in the place of our stars, but that is indeed the flag our country used at one time and it was at one point an American flag. Unofficially that is.
It is actually the first flag that was flown into the Revolution and it is the flag for July 4th 1776, that is the date it was named the unofficial flag of our young nation. Making it in essence, (unofficially) our Nation’s first flag.
That being said, if you plan on making a correct 1776 history play, do use the genuine flag that they would have used, because it wasn’t until 1777 that the Betsy Ross flag was introduced and adopted as our official flag.
June 14th 1777 (Flag Day) to be exact!
I hope you have enjoyed this brief U.S. History lesson, and who knows; perhaps I’ll be giving one again soon!
You can get your very own “Annin” Grand Union Flag (the very best!) for displaying, simply by clicking the image below:
Until next time…