George Washington is said to have asked 24 year old Betsy Ross to create a flag to be the symbol of our nation in 1776. Historians also have mentioned that the General had suggested 6 pointed stars and that Betsy Ross had explained how much superior the five pointed stars were. Even at this early stage of our country, there were decisions to be made about details that have shaped the foundation of our union. Symbols are defined as being something that stands for something else. Certainly celebrating Flag Day brings this clearly to mind.
Other definitions for symbols include the words shapes or signs. Five pointed stars are easier to make suggested Betsy Ross, and a compromise was forged.
You're a Grand Old Flag from “A George M. Cohan Salute” George M. Cohan Canadian Brass Flag of Stars Gordon Jacob North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Emblems Aaron Copland US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Suite of Old American Dances Robert Russell Bennett University of Michigan Symphonic Band,
Michael Haithcock Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals Sigfrid Karg-Elert Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell Crest of Honor David R. Gillingham University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds,