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The FREEDOM'S FLAG ©  

A REINSTATEMENT OF OUR FIRST COLONIAL IMAGE OF NATIONAL UNITY AND RESOLVE FOR THE 21st CENTURY

  

DO YOU KNOW THAT THE FIRST SEVEN FLAGS OF THE AMERICAN   

    REVOLUTION PICTURED A RATTLESNAKE AND THE WORDS

        "DON'T TREAD ON ME"?

 In 1754 the fertile mind of Benjamin Franklin envisioned a segmented rattlesnake as a symbol for the coming AmericanRepublic.  In 1755 Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin revised the earlier design, and the rattlesnake with the statement "Don't Tread on Me" became the first symbol of America's quest for Freedom.

As it was in 1776, it still is today.






Among  the seven different "Don't Tread on Me" rattlesnake flags flown during the American Revolution, the first flag of the Revolutionary Navy still flies from the mast of our most senior capital warship, the USS Kitty Hawk. Based on the earliest flags, the artists W. Ward Ryan has created a new "FREEDOMS FLAG" as a symbol fo the American Spirit carried into the new Millennium. 

  "FREEDOMS FLAG" celebrates the spirit of our courageous founding fathers, the men who stood at Concord Bridge and Bunker Hill, the men who suffered through the incredible hardships of Valley Forge and prevailed to finally triumph over tyranny and terror, and all the brave Americans who have given their lives in the many conflicts since our Revolution to preserve our Constitution and the Republic for which it stands.

In the July 7, 1774, edition of "The Massachusetts Son", Benjamin Franklin and his good friend Paul Revere declared that the symbol of the forthcoming fight against oppression should be the American rattlesnake, a creature that never pursues but only defends, a creature, that once accosted is unremitting and deadly to the extreme.

The symbol of the rattlesnake with the words "Don't tread on me" were subsequently adopted by hundreds of American revolutionary war militia groups. This symbol appeared on seven different Revolutionary War Flags.

It is only fitting that in the 21st Century, at this time of great national peril, that the rattlesnake symbol, along with the statement "Don't Tread on Me!" should again take its rightful place alongside the Great Bald Eagle and Old Glory, our beloved stars and stripes.

 

Starting with Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere's newspaper drawings, the following is a collection of the rattlesnake "Don't Tread on Me" symbols adopted by our founding fathers:

    

   

           

            

          "AS IT WAS IN 1776, IT STILL IS TODAY©

Mr. Ryan has published 1000 signed and numbered prints of his original painting. The print measures 24" x  28" with a 20" x  24" image area,              reproduced on fine high-quality acid-free paper. It comes numbered,
signed    and emboss-sealed by the artist.
The price of the unframed print is $49.95 plus 8.95 shipping insured.






 
 







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