Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with festivities, fireworks and a lot of symbolism every year. From apple pies to dresses to honour the signing of the Declaration of Independence, citizens often get overboard in trying to incorporate red, white and blue in their lives on the day. However, the patriotic stars and stripes may not always sync with the day and its importance in USA. This happened to an 88-year-old woman who found out that the top she was wearing every year actually looked like the flag of Panama.
The ‘mistake’ was noticed by her grandson only recently, thanks to the FIFA World Cup 2018. Her grandson Dale Cheesman noticed the Panama flag during one of the games at the football world cup and realised the gaffe and posted a photo on Twitter sharing what has been happening for the last 25 years.
Posting the photo on Twitter, the Houston man hilariously described the mix-up as “Over 25 years of treason.”
My grandma has worn the same shirt with red, white, blue, and stars to celebrate the 4th of July for more than 25 years. Every year, she wears the exact same shirt.
Thanks to the #WorldCup we finally noticed it’s the Panama Flag.
Over 25 years of treason. pic.twitter.com/j9sLoWo9QY
— Dale Cheesman (@dalecheesman4) July 2, 2018
Here’s Nana in 2002 with the shirt for proof pic.twitter.com/rIFYBW5Cvf
— Dale Cheesman (@dalecheesman4) July 3, 2018
However, the sweet mistake left many in splits. And now proud Panamanians want her to visit their country and wear it on Panama’s Independence Day on November 3. While some shared such similar goof-ups they ended with, others wondered why it took so many years to figure out the mistake. Sample these:
— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) July 3, 2018
Tell your grandma to wear it on Nov. 3rd Panama’s Independence Day. We support her!!
— Guillermo Cruz (@lawyerpan) July 2, 2018
Come meet Panama.
— Ricardo Watler (@RicardoWatler10) July 2, 2018
Ain’t it pretty, though ?#ProudPanamanian
— Juan Ramón Vallarino (@JRVJ71) July 2, 2018
ur grandma is so cute, tell her she can come visit panama any time!
— Giuliana🦊 (@Giulii) July 2, 2018
I can’t wait for the follow up story where grandma visits Panama and has a wonderful time!
— Stefanie (@vmarshmallow) July 3, 2018
Just been declared honorary citizen
— Ariel Simons (@simonsdlj) July 3, 2018
Some bros and I were gifted pedicures by our wives for Father’s Day. I thought it would be cool to get red, white, and blue for July 4th. What I ended up with was the Russian flag. #Collusion pic.twitter.com/aX5luPktAo
— ShannonDavidHartley (@shannon3hartley) July 3, 2018
My concern is, why did it take you so long to figure that out?
— Romy Reiner (@romyreiner) July 3, 2018
“Thanks to the World Cup…”, no thanks to the American education system.
— Matt (@TMLTRBRSLAR) July 3, 2018
25 years?! What detergent does grandma use?!
— David (@DiscreetLatino) July 3, 2018
And here I am not able to fit into my clothes from 25 WEEKS ago. 🐽😂
— The Pilot Wife (@ofapilotwife) July 4, 2018
Captain America uniform is the Puerto Rico flag. pic.twitter.com/WD6lJxNG90
— Chris Somers (@Curly_Somers) July 3, 2018
If it makes ya feel better, this is still one of the most American things your grandma could’ve done.
— Ash 🇮🇪 (@AshJ_life) July 4, 2018
Maybe granma is 👇 😂 pic.twitter.com/NLpbSTB7jT
— Unaffiliated Conservative Hardliner #TheGOP2Lib4Me (@CasaMadison) July 3, 2018
Taking to the BCC Cheesman said his grandma will continue to wear the shirt as it’s “tradition”. “If anything I might buy the whole family Panama shirts to wear on 4 July,” he added as the family was celebrating the July 4 early this year over the weekend as the holiday was on Wednesday. He also posted photo of his Nana wearing it this year.
26 years* pic.twitter.com/c0D3HH6b4q
— Dale Cheesman (@dalecheesman4) July 5, 2018
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