Real Estate Made Easy...a weekly column by Suzanne V. Norris

Suzanne V. Norris
Suzanne V. Norris


Once again, FLAG DAY, June 14, came and went without an abundance of American Flags flying in the breeze throughout Phoenixville and the surrounding areas. The Valley Forge Post Office always displays them. The Freedom Foundation flies a huge American Flag 365 days a year. Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust on Main Street flies one. My office, Century 21 Norris-Valley Forge, had flags displayed all week. Schuylkill Township Police Department flew one. Downtown Bridge Street had flags attached to the lampposts lining the street. Even though FLAG DAY is celebrated on June 14, let’s make a commitment to fly our American Flag on every home and business in Phoenixville all the way through to the 4th of July. We’ve received the honor of being designated as a Classic Town. Part of that honor should be the responsibility of flying our American Flag. We can start this weekend and keep them flying all the way into the fourth of July. Let’s prove that we deserve that Classic Town dedication. Let’s have a sea of flags waving in the breeze just the way that they would have been 100 years ago.

The history of the American Flag is complicated and filled with many legends. Until Betsy Ross was commissioned to make the American Flag, many colonies and military groups used different flags. Some are famous, such as the “Rattlesnake Flag” used by the Continental Navy, with its venomous challenge, “Don’t Tread on Me.” Another naval flag had a green pine tree on a white background and was called the “Liberty Tree” flag.

Other flags were quite similar to Britain’s Union Jack or incorporated elements of it. One of these was the “Grand Union” flag. George Washington was placed in control of the Continental Army in January of 1776. They were laying siege to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army. Washington ordered the “Grand Union” flag to be hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill. The Loyalists mistook the flying of the Grand Union flag over Prospect Hill as a show of respect to King George and actually thought the Continental Army had surrendered.


It became obvious to all that a new flag was needed!

According to Betsy Ross’ dates and sequence of events, the Congressional Committee called upon her at her shop in Philadelphia. She finished the flag in late May or early June, 1776. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, seeking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag. “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 American Flag...the American Dream!

Suzanne V. Norris has been a Realtor for the past 31 years. She is a member of the Suburban West Realtors Association, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors and is actively involved in the Phoenixville Community. She is an owner of CENTURY 21 NORRIS-VALLEY FORGE, 18 NUTT ROAD, PHOENIXVILLE, PA and can be reached at 610-933-8600.

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