The Betsy Ross flag was requested by General George Washington and the Continental Congress. It's creation signified the beginning of a new nation. This flag was created with 13 stripes and 13 stars signifying the 13 original colonies. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an official act which dictated a new flag for a new nation. The patriotic symbolism surrounding this event and the beginning of our nation is one not to be taken lightly.