John Wayne became the embodiment of what it means to be an American.The history of the Culpepper flag
The ethos he portrayed was the essence of America in the 20th Century.
John Wayne described it this way
“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand upon. I don’t do these things to other men and I expect the same respect out of them.”
The Culpeper Don't Tread On Me Flag reportedly was first used as the banner for a group of about one hundred minutemen in Culpeper County, VA who formed part of Colonel Patrick Henry's First Virginia Regiment of 1775. In October-November 1775, three hundred such minutemen, led by Colonel Stevens, assembled at Culpeper Court House and marched for Williamsburg. Their unusual dress alarmed the people as they marched through the country. The words "Liberty or Death" were in large white letters on the breast of their hunting shirts. They had bucks' tails in their hats and in their belts, tomahawks and scalping knives.And a few quotes from Patrick Henry
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"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?"