Some wondered why we have blue and yellow jerseys. Heres a good reason:
NJ Fact of the Day: State Flag: The Buff and Blue: Why a yellow background and a blue shield? Because none other than George Washington picked them out in 1779. The colors ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â Jersey blue and buff (as the yellow is called) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â honor the Dutch, New JerseyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s original European settlers. The colors first appeared on the insignia of the Netherlands. Washington selected the color scheme for the uniforms of NJÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s regiments in the Revolution; in 1780 soldiers had to carry a state flag that matched their uniforms, and NJÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s colors have been the same ever since. The traditional flag was made official in 1896.
Nice history, as someone who grew up in Washington Crossing, PA im ashamed to admit when I grew up there I could care less about the history. I remember riding around the town on the bicentinnial on my Schwinn stingray like (It was a Kent I think) BMX bike looking for places to ride. I built my first track that year i think on an island in the Deleawre near my home.
Wow I need a 12 step program everything relates to BMX.
back to history If you havent watched the History of the Revolutionary War on the History channel its a must see. All the streets named in Washington Crossing were named after Generals, many of who were featured in the epic biography. http://store.aetv.com/html/product/index.jhtml?id=76230