Commemorating the 240th Anniversary of
The Stars and Stripes
1777 – 2017
Welcome to the Official website of the Utah Society Sons of the American Revolution (Utah SAR).
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) are direct descendants of those patriots that achieved the independence of the American people.
The objectives of our organization are intended to perpetuate a more profound reverence, understanding and appreciation for our founding heritage, the principles of liberty, freedom and self-government as established by our revered Founding Fathers.
We invite you to explore our website, to learn more about us, who we are, what we do, and how to become a member.
Betsy Ross 1777, painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris – 1920.
YOUR AMERICAN HERITAGE
The Stars and Stripes – In the second year of the American Revolution, on June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The “Stars and Stripes,” as the national flag, would be called, was sewn and made by Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross consisting of a circle of 13 five pointed stars on a blue background, she did this at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this story. Never-the-less it has become an enduring story of the American Revolution to the extent the circular star flag now is referred to by many Americans as the “Betsy Ross Flag”.
After America’s independence was achieved, new states were brought into the United States and new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. A new stripe for every state caused the flag to become large and cumbersome. Consequently in 1818, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states.
On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. In 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.
(adapted from History.com)