Betsy Ross and Patriotism {Spin Cycle}

I was in first grade in 1976, and even though I had just turned seven, I knew that 1976 was an important year. Our little town celebrated the Bicentennial for that whole year, along with the rest of the United States. My teacher gave me the wonderful role of Betsy Ross for the school play, a role that I relished. I could just imagine George Washington coming to my parlor to ask me if I would make the first American flag! My mom sewed a Colonial dress for me to wear, along with a mop cap and an apron. I loved wearing my little cap!

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When summer came, I reprised my role as flag-sewing Betsy for the Fourth of July parade. While other kids wove red, white and blue streamers through spokes on their bicycle wheels for the parade, I actually got to sit on a float! With my pretend needle, I sewed the flag as we paraded through town.

A couple of years ago, perhaps because I remember portraying Betsy Ross so vividly, I began to take pictures of American flags on the Fourth of July. On the flag we’re so familiar with today, the stripes represent the 13 original colonies and the 50 stars represent the number of states. The color red symbolizes hardiness and valor. White symbolizes purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. As we sing at preschool, it certainly is a “Grand Old Flag!”

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11 Responses to Betsy Ross and Patriotism {Spin Cycle}

  1. Gretchen says:

    I am crazy jealous that you got to play Betsy Ross! While I loved playing Benjamin Franklin in my 7th grade production of 1776, Betsy sounds like the primo, coveted role!
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  2. Raquel says:

    Oh what a great memory! I could see you as Besty Ross, peiently sharing your craft. And I remember the bicentennial – there was a lot of planning for that!
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  3. I always wanted to portray Betsy Ross! No lie.
    I can totally see you doing it.
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  4. Janice says:

    Great memory for you to share. Did your Mom keep the outfit? And I bet there was a picture of you in it in some album. Maybe you can find it by the 4th!
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  5. I would have loved to have seen pictures of you in that outfit! So cute! Great info about our flag too!
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  6. Wonderful memory and totally could picture you as a kid playing Betsy Ross now :)
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