"The ghosts of our fathers beat drums by our sides The trophies of the day: scalps and hides We fight, not for the hate of the tyrant We fight, because of love for what is behind us"
Providence - Divine direction and guidance. George Washington used this word in many of his writings. He's noted as seeking the guidance (providence) of God in all matters. His actions on and off the battlefield were a direct reflection. The pine tree held significance to colonists in New England and became a symbol of distain for the crown an resistance. The thirteen 6-pointed stars represent the 13 colonies and are situated in the canton much like many flags of the period.
Leading up to the American Revolution, the rattle snake was an established symbol of Colonial America. Benjamin Franklin has been noted as saying the rattlesnake never backed down when provoked, which captured “the temper and conduct of America.”
The two rifles symbolize the tool used to back up the observation Benjamin Franklin made.