“An Appeal to Heaven” – George Washington’s Flag & His Trust in God, 1775
General Washington outfitted a squadron of six schooners at his own expense in the fall of 1775 for use in the coastal waters off the colonies. His secretary suggested using this flag, which linked the Founding Father’s love of God and freedom – their conviction that”THE GOD THAT GAVE US LIFE GAVE US LIBERTY.” This is one of the first symbolic expressions of our country’s firm reliance on divine providence. Britain required all tall, straight pine trunks be sent to England for the British fleet. Thus the sturdy evergreen “Liberty Tree,” beneath which the Sons of Liberty used to rally, became a symbol of American independence.