12 American historical flags that symbolize who we really are: A defiant, bold and brave nation.
Wanted to do this shirt for a long time. Memorial Day is the best time. This shirt celebrates our military's defense and ultimate sacrifice for Liberty and Freedom.
Some of our favorites -
Rebellious Stripes was at one time outlawed by the British. The Massachusetts Sons Of Liberty groups used it in protests against tyrannical attempts to tax colonists against their will. Eventually the stripes grew to 13, representing unified resistance from all 13 British colonies.
Appeal To Heaven is an expression of the right of revolution used by philosopher John Locke's in Second Treatise on Civil Government refuting the theory of the divine right of kings. The Pine Tree symbolizes the American Colonies where the White Pine flourished.
Commodore Perry – Commodore Hazard Perry popularized “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” in his epic battle on Lake Erie in the War of 1812 where every British ship was forced to surrender, a major victory over the British.
Gonzales - The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texan settlers and a detachment of Mexican army troops.
Ft Moultrie - Colonel Moultrie received an order to take Fort Johnson, South Carolina. He had this flag made, for the troops wore a silver crescent on the caps inscribed 'Liberty or Death. On June 28, 1776, the crescent flag, with LIBERTY across it, was raised at his defense of Sullivan's Island, later Fort Moultrie."
Goliad - This militant and defiant banner, designed by Goliad garrison commander, Captain Phillip Dimmitt signified support of complete separation from Mexico as an independent Texas Republic.
The Taunton “Liberty and Union” flag was used for protest and petition to the crown; many such that were raised on "liberty poles" throughout the Thirteen Colonies and particularly in New England during the five years prior to the outbreak of the Revolution.
Veterans Exempt Flag - The Battle of Plattsburgh, aka the Battle of Lake Champlain, an American Victory, ended the final British invasion attempt of the northern United States during the War of 1812. The local NY militia company, was made up of veterans of the American Revolution who were exempt from military service (Veterans Exempt).
Betsy Ross Flag - was designed during the American Revolution and features 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. The distinctive feature of the Ross flag is the arrangement of the stars in a circle.
Gadsden Flag - The rattlesnake symbol was first officially adopted by the Continental Congress in 1778 when it approved the design for the official Seal of the War Office
First Navy Jack - In late 1775, as the first ships of the Continental Navy , Commodore Esek Hopkins instructed his vessels to fly a "striped" jack . 13 stripes signifying the original Thirteen Colonies. The rattlesnake does not strike until provoked, a quality echoed by the phrase "Don't Tread on Me."
Culpeper Minuteman - The Culpeper minutemen of Culpeper, VA fought in American Revolution, and remembered for their Don’t Tread On Me flag: featuring "Liberty or Death" and "Don't Tread on Me".