We the everyone loves and honor the Stars and Stripes but have not learned its entire truth

A artwork by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (circa 1920) of Betsy Ross and George Washington (far left)

Americans love our banner. We show it at concerts and stadiums to commemorate, and also at times during the nationwide tragedy to demonstrate our resolve.

We now have our schoolchildren pledge allegiance to it; we now have consecrated it inside our national anthem; we have actually any occasion, Flag Day, to honor it every June 14, also get it on prominent display for the Fourth of July.

Yet the iconography and reputation for the flag that is american specially its early history, are infused with myth and misrepresentation. Listed here are five of the very commonplace fables.

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