The Appeal to Heaven flag, the first flag of our country, even before the Betsy Ross flag, has a long history as the flag that George Washington commissioned to fly over our first fleet of six sheeps in the fight for our freedom from the British during the Revolutionary War. (It was also the Massachusetts State Flag established on July 27, 1776 and carried into battle during some of the early Revolutionary War battles.)
George Washington’s secretary, Col. Joseph Reed designed the flag. It is reported that George Washington made the remark, “How can a bunch of farmers hope to defeat the greatest navy of that time without an Appeal to Heaven,” a commonly known phrase at that time because a well-known member of the British Parliament commonly used the phrase saying, “The only way to defeat the kings’ orders was by making an Appeal to Heaven.”
The design or emblem of the evergreen tree on the flag represents the time when Abraham made a covenant with God, wrote it down and buried it at the base of an evergreen tree. Also when some of the American Indian tribes made a peace treaty, they would bury the hatchet at the foot of an evergreen tree.
The word Appeal means making a request to a higher authority. We are placing these “Appeal to Heaven” flags as a form of request to a higher power (God) for our nation. Second Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and heal their land.” The Appeal to Heaven flag is only the beginning of mankind humbling themselves and praying and seeking God so that sins can be forgiven, and our land healed once again.
Contact Eugene Saul at 870-365-6260 or Dan Evert at 870-688-5341 if your home, business or church would like an “Appeal to Heaven” sign. A $5 donation is requested, but not required.