By Donald Simanek

Golden Star Origami

The five-pointed “golden star” is widely used around the world in flags, heraldry, coats of arms, and other decorations. It’s been used in American flags of many designs from the earliest days of our republic.

Historical legend tells us that seamstress Betsy Ross was visited in 1776 by George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, who asked her to make an American flag conforming to a resolution of the Continental Congress.

Washington’s design had 13 alternating stripes of white and red, and 13 six-pointed stars on a field of blue. Betsy suggested five-pointed stars instead. When ...

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