The American Flag is lovingly referred to as “Old Glory”!
The flag waves above buildings,from front porches, through battlefields,
and many other places to proclaim our pride, freedom and liberty!
When I was in design school, our art history class studied
Jasper Johns and his controversial encaustic painting of the flag.
Ironically, that was the first thing that came to my mind this morning.
Controversial because he took a regular object and
turned it into a work of art. It began the movement of pop art.
There are other controversial things about the flag….
did you know that Betsy Ross may not have made the flag?
Only a few historian still believe she did. It is more likely that Mary Pickersgill,
a professional Baltimore flagmaker, made our flag and was assisted
by her 13 yr old daughter and two of her nieces in 1813.
The popularity of our flag grew with the birth of Frances Scott Key’s
anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”. It gave the flag the respect it needed
to become a national treasure.