From the Wise Master (June, 2011)

posted May 22, 2015, 2:44 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 22, 2015, 2:44 PM ]

John Unger

June 14, the date of our June stated meeting is Flag Day.  On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia adopted the following resolution:
“Resolved that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”
The resolution gave no instruction as to how many points the stars should have, nor how the stars should be arranged on the union. Consequently, some flags had stars scattered on the blue field without any specific design, some arranged the stars in rows, and some in a circle. The first Navy Stars and Stripes had the stars arranged in staggered formation in alternate rows of threes and twos on a blue field. Other Stars and Stripes flags had stars arranged in alternate rows of four, five and four. Some stars had six points while others had eight.
Tradition has it that Betsy Ross is responsible for the original flag with thirteen five-pointed stars in a circle, but there is no proof that she was the first. Mrs. Ross, a patriot continued to make flags for fifty years, but the “Betsy Ross Flag” did not appear until the 1790's.

John Unger, 
Wise Master