Veterans Exempt Don't Tread On Me (gadsden) War Of 1812 3x5 Polyester Flag For SaleVeterans Exempt War of 1812 "Don't Tread On Me" Black and White Gadsden Flag with snake and letters. 3x5ft polyester flag with 2 metal grommets. Great for indoor or occasional outdoor use.
The Veterans Exempt flag was described in the Plattsburgh Republican, July 31, 1812, as having "...a black ground with 13 stars for the Union of White, wrought in silver. That in thecenterof the Flag there he a Death's Head, with cross bones under, intimating what must soon, according to the course of nature, be their promiscuous fate, and the immediate one of any enemy who shall venture to contend with them. Under these an open wreath, with this motto, ´Thy will he done.´ Over the Death's Head, surmounted as a crest, a Rattle-Snake with Thirteen rattles, coiled, ready to strike, with this motto in a similar wreath inverted over it, ´Don't tread on me.´"Commanded by Captain Melvin L. Woolsey, a local New York militia,The Veterans Exempt, formed in July of 1812, was made up of veterans of the American Revolution who were otherwise exempt from military service because of their age.The words “Don’t Tread on Me” resulted from Britain's Lord North stating that he would not quit fighting until he stopped the American rebellion. The words were America's answer to his Highness and a warning. The rattlesnake was chosen because of the brightness of its eyes, has no eyelids, which represented the colonists’ vigilance. A rattlesnake never begins a fight but never surrenders when attacked. The thirteen rattles at the end of the tail represent the original thirteen colonies.Care Instructions: This flag is tightly folded and may show fold marks. Place the flag in the clothes dryer, along with a damp towel, for a few moments. This will help remove any wrinkles. Do not leave the flag in the dryer more than 5 minutes.
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