Characteristics of Patriotic Symbols
Most symbols have stories behind them. Have you ever wondered about the word “macaroni" in the song Yankee Doodle? In 1750’s London, a macaroni was a fashionable fellow who dressed in an over-the-top manner, exceeding the ordinary bounds of fashion who seemed confused about his gender, imitating both man and woman. Because of this, macaroni also became associated with a popular hairstyle.
There is a famous cartoon of a snake cut into eight pieces. Each part has the abbreviation of a state on it, such as N.E. for New England and N.Y. for New York. The heading for the cartoon is “Join or Die." This was a symbol created by Benjamin Franklin to inspire states to join in fighting the French and the Natives.
On July 4, we often see the appearance of a tall, slim man with white hair and sporting a pointy, white goatee beard, wearing a blue jacket, red and white striped pants, a red bow tie and an extra-large, red and white striped hat held together at the base with a blue and white starred band.
This famous icon of Uncle Sam is based on a real man named Samuel Wilson from Troy, New York. Troy is now known as the home of Uncle Sam. The 87th United States Congress adopted the following resolution on September 15, 1961: “Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives that the Congress salutes Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy, New York, as the progenitor of America's National symbol of Uncle Sam."