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Xiamen Novelty Flag Co.,Ltd | Updated: Sep 22, 2016

Alabama State Flag Information

The Alabama State Flag is a symbol that represents the simplicity of the south; Alabama State Flags are among the most popular in the country.

Alaska State Flag Information

The Alaska State Flag has eight gold stars; seven of which form the "Big Dipper", and the last star is enlarged and represents the North Star.

Arizona State Flag Information

The Arizona State Flag is representative of the western sunrise, as the copper star in the center is accompanied by 13 rays of yellow and red, which stand for the original 13 American Colonies. The state's motto is "Ditat Deus" or "God Enriches".

Arkansas State Flag Information

The Arkansas State Flag is diamond shaped, because Arkansas is the only American State where diamonds have been found and mined. The 25 stars inside the blue lining of the diamond stand for the state hood of Arkansas. Their motto is: "Regnat Populus" or "The People Rule".

California State Flag Information

California's State Flag has five disinct colors, signed into law which can be found here. California has a one word motto, which most people have heard before: Eureka, meaning "I found it".

Colorado State Flag Information

Colorado's State Flag colors represent the state's environmental features: The gold represents the abundant sunshine enjoyed by the state. The blue symbolizes the clear blue skies, white represents the snowy mountains and red represents the color of much of the state's soil.

Connecticut State Flag Information

The story of Connecticut's State Flag is historically interesting, as the state literally took more than a century to make some specifications for a flag. Connecticut ratified the Constitution in 1788 (January 9th) becoming the fifth state to do so. It wasn't until 1895 that a proposal was brought before the Connecticut General Assembly to agree on specifications, and two more years until the first Connecticut State Flag was adopted.

Delaware State Flag Information

The State of Delaware also took more than a century to offically adopt a flag. Unlike their coastal brother Connecticut, Delaware already had an official coat of arms well before making a flag out of it. The Delaware State Flag has many symbols inside the buff colored diamond on the flag, representing everything from the people of Delaware, to the economy.

District of Columbia Flag Information

The Flag of the District of Columbia is probably one of the best the United States has, and it's not even a state flag. The Flag of D.C. is represented by the coat of arms of George Washington, which can be traced all the way back to 14th century England. A few changes have been proposed in recent years, but none have been made.

Florida State Flag Information

The Florida State Flag was originally a plain white flag with the state seal in the center. However, Governor Francis P. Fleming made a wise suggestion to add a red cross in the background, in order to prevent the flag from looking like a symbol of surrender. The change was made in 1899, and the flag has not seen changes since.

Georgia State Flag Information

The Georgia State Flag has undergone numerous changes over the last century and a half, and hold the distinction for making the most offical changes to their state flag. The alternating red and white bars have been in use since the late 19th century, although they were taken out of use for a period in which the confederate battle flag was used in place. This was followed by a placeholder flag, which lasted less than three years because of its poor design, and finally, we arrive at the current flag which makes use of the "stars and bars" design.

Hawaii State Flag Information

The Hawaiian Flag came as a result of the union between the eight islands that make up the state by Kamehameha the Great. Kamehameha commissioned the flag in 1816. The alternating stripes of red and white represent the eight islands, and the British Union Jack represents Hawaii's historical relationship with Great Britian as its protector.

Idaho State Flag Information

The Idaho State Flag wasn't adopted until 1907, but its origins had been engrained in history before that. As most state flags came to be, it resulted from a volunteer military unit being called to duty, in Idaho's case, it came from the declaration of war against Spain in 1898.

Illinois State Flag Information

The State Flag of Illinois may be the only flag that was not officially signed into law by the governor of a state. Ella Park Lawrence led the charge for creating a state banner for Illinois, and her work paid off in 1915 when the design of Lucy Derwent was selected, featuring the state seal on a white background. Governor Edward Dunne did not sign the bill into law, but because he did not veto it, it became law and another state flag was born.

Indiana State Flag Information

The Indiana State Flag was chosen on May 31, 1917. At the request of the General Assembly, a contest was sponsored by the Indiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to design a flag to serve as the official state banner, with a one hundred dollar cash prize. More than two hundred submissions were received by the Society before a winner was selected. The entry created by Paul Hadley of Mooresville, Indiana, was ultimately chosen as the winner of the contest and the cash prize. The General Assembly made only one change to Hadley's original design, they added the word Indiana, in a crescent shape, over the top of the torch.

Iowa State Flag Information

The Iowa State Flag was designed by the state's Daughters of the American Revolution in response to Iowa national Guardsmen stationed at the Mexican border during WWI that requested an emblem of Iowa to represent their unit. Iowa was almost 75 years old before the state banner was adopted by the Legislature in 1921. With memory of the Civil War still fresh in their minds, Iowans had not adopted a state banner because they felt a national banner was the only one needed.

Kansas State Flag Information

The Kansas State Flag dates to 1927, although changes have been made to the original design of the flag since that time. The flag contains the state seal of Kansas, the word KANSAS in yellow, a sunflower, and a yellow and blue bar.The flag is full of symbolism. The gold and blue bar symbolizes that Kansas was part of the Louisiana Purchase. When looked at closely, the state seal tells us much about Kansas in 1861.

Kentucky State Flag Information

The Kentucky State Flag is on a navy blue field is the seal and words "Commonwealth of Kentucky." The two friends shaking hands, a pioneer and a statesman, represent all the people. They are acting out the meaning of Kentucky's motto: "United We Stand; Divided We Fall."

Louisiana State Flag Information

The Louisiana State Flag originated from an 1800 design. It displays the state bird, the Eastern Brown Pelican, from the state seal. The mother pelican is shown tearing flesh from her own breast to feed her three young, with Louisiana's motto, "UNION, JUSTICE & CONFIDENCE." The pelican has been a symbol of Louisiana since the 1800's and, in fact, one of the state's nicknames is "The Pelican State." Early settlers in the area found pelicans to be generous and nurturing birds and it was believed that, when food was scarce, pelicans would tear at their breasts with their beaks to feed some of their blood to their young.

Maine State Flag Information

The Maine State Flag was established on March 21, 1901. The Maine State Legislature passed "An Act to Establish a State Flag.", and the flag was to include a Pine Tree centered on a buff colored field, with a blue polar star. Interestingly, on February 23, 1909, the State Legislature adopted a new standard, describing the state flag as a display of the Maine coat of arms on a blue field. This is the flag in use today, more or less.

Maryland State Flag Information

The Maryland State Flag, adopted in 1904, is the only state flag in the United States to be based on English heraldry. In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) placed Maryland's flag fourth best in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state and U.S. territory flags.

Massachusetts State Flag Information

The Massachusetts State Flag boasts the motto of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem, is printed in gold on a blue ribbon. It can be translated as "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty." This motto is supported by the ruffle sleeved arm grasping a sword that is depicted above the shield.

Michigan State Flag Information

The Michigan State Flag reflect three mottos shown on the coat of arms: E Pluribus Unum (From many, one), Tuebor (I will defend), and Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you). These mottos are reflected in the coat of arms pictorially. The Bald Eagle represents the United States and the Elk and Moose represent Michigan.

Minnesota State Flag Information

Designed by Amelia Hyde Center, the first official Minnesota State Flag was made to be displayed on the stage of the state pavilion at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The present state flag of Minnesota was adopted in 1957. Three dates are woven into a wreath surrounding the seal which represent the year of statehood (1858), the year Fort Snelling was established (1819), and the year the original flag was adopted (1893).

Mississippi State Flag Information

The Mississippi State Flag is a symbol of the authority and sovereignty of the state and is a valuable asset of its people. Originally "The Magnolia Flag", the flag depicted a Magnolia tree and also incorporated the Bonnie Blue image in the canton corner, and remained the "official" flag for 33 years. Some Mississippians were offended by the official design and proposed a new design they thought would be more acceptable to the entire populace of the State. The legislature and Governor decided to put an end to the controversy by puting the flag to a vote. When all the votes were counted, nearly 2-1, the message was clear. The 107 year old Mississippi State Flag would continue to fly over the State.

Missouri State Flag Information

A design by Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver was adopted as the official Missouri State Flag on March 22, 1913; almost 92 years after Missouri became the 24th State to join the union. Two grizzly bears, one on each side of the shield, echo the bravery and strength of the State's citizens. They are standing on a scroll displaying the Missouri State Motto, Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law).

Montana State Flag Information

The Montana State Flag is easily identifiable by the large gold letters spelling out "Montana" centered at the top. The state seal in the center displays some of the states beautiful scenery and reflects some of the states pioneer activities, including mining and farming. A brilliant sun rises over mountains, forests, and the Great Falls of the Missouri. The state motto at the bottom of the seal in Spanish means "gold and silver."

Nebraska State Flag Information

The first thing generally said about the Nebraska State Flag is that Nebraska was one of the last states to adopt a state flag. In 1963, the Nebraska State Legislature designated the state banner the official State Flag of Nebraska.

Nevada State Flag Information

For over sixty years beginning in 1929, the Nevada State Flag had a design that the legislature did not adopt. The design chosen was submitted by "Don" Louis Schellbach III. Conspicuously, the proposed new state flag did not include the name of the state. A compromise amendment was agreed upon which designated that the word 'Nevada' shall appear immediately below the sprays in silver. In the legislature's haste to adjourn, the enrolled bill still included the superseded Assembly amendment, and the engrossed bill signed by the governor March 26, 1929 did not contain the conference committee amendment. Nevada's state flag did not reflect legislative intent, the letters being inscribed between the points of the star instead of below the sprays, and for some unknown reason this mistake went undetected for some 60 years.

New Hampshire State Flag Information

New Hampshire did not officially adopt the New Hampshire State Flag until 1909. Prior to that, New Hampshire had numerous regimental flags to represent the state. The flag has only been changed once, in 1931 when the state's seal was modified.

New Jersey State Flag Information

The New Jersey State Flag displays the official State colors. The State seal is presented in Jersey blue on a buff background. The colors were chosen by General George Washington in 1779, after he was headquartered in New Jersey during the Revolutionary war. These were the military colors used by the New Jersey troops.

New Mexico State Flag Information

The official New Mexico State Flag was chosen from a flag competition in 1920 (the competition was held to replace an older New Mexico flag). The winner was Dr. Harry Mera, a doctor and archeologist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Mera's design is an interpretation of an ancient Sun symbol called a Zia. This symbol was found on a water jar made in the late 1800's in Zia Pueblo.

New York State Flag Information

The New York State Flag is highly remarkable for employing symbolic figures in it. The coat of arms of the State of New York was formally adopted in 1778, and appears as a component of the State's flag and seal. The shield has two supporters. On the left, Liberty, with the Revolutionary imagery of a Phrygian cap raised on a pole. Her left foot treads upon a crown that represents freedom from the British monarchy that once ruled what is now New York as a colony. On the right, Justice, wearing a blindfold (representing impartiality) and holding scales (representing fairness) and a sword.

North Carolina State Flag Information

The North Carolina State Flag is red, white and blue with a white star, the letters "N" and "C" around the star, and two scrolls, bearing the dates May 20, 1775 and April 12, 1776. May 20, 1775, is the date of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was ratified. April 12, 1776 is the date of the "Halifax Resolves," a document signed in Halifax County, N.C. It was the first official document from any colony to call for independence from Great Britain.

North Dakota State Flag Information

Colonel John H. Fraine introduced a resolution to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly to adopt a North Dakota State Flag that would take the color, size and form of the regimental flag carried by the North Dakota Infantry in the Spanish American War and the Phillipine Island Insurrection. The only exception was that the name of the state, North Dakota, was to be displayed on the scroll below the Bald Eagle. A bill to change the state flag because it too closely resembled the Coat of Arms of the United States and was not particularly symbolic of North Dakota was introduced and defeated in 1953.

Ohio State Flag Information

The Ohio State Flag was drawn by John Eisemann, an architect and designer for the Ohio State Pan-American Exposition Commission. It is the only American state flag that is non-rectangular, and one of only two non-rectangular official jurisdictional flags, at the state level or above, in the world (the other is the flag of Nepal). The flag forms the basis of the logo of the NHL hockey team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. It is also regularly flown by the Ohio State University Marching Band during football games. Specifically, the flag of Ohio is flown by the percussion section of the band (JI-Row) which has embraced the flag as its personal mascot.

Oklahoma State Flag Information

The first Oklahoma State Flag flag was adopted in 1911, four years after statehood. Taking the colors red, white, and blue from the flag of the United States. A contest, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was held in 1924 to replace the flag, as red flags were closely associated with communism. The winning entry by Louise Fluke, which was adopted as the state flag on April 2, 1925, resembled the current flag without the word Oklahoma on it. That word was added in 1941.

Oregon State Flag Information

The Oregon State Flag is the only State flag with a different design on each side. The flag face displays the words "STATE OF OREGON" above a gold shield surrounded by thirty-three stars. The stars represent Oregon as the thirty-third state to be admitted to the union. Below the shield, part of the state seal, is the date "1859" in gold numerals. This is the year that Oregon was admitted to the union. With a nickname like "The Beaver State" one might easily guess what lies on the reverse side of the flag. Indeed, the state animal makes a strong showing on the Oregon State Flag.

Pennsylvania State Flag Information

The Pennsylvania State Flag was originally authorized by the state in 1799, the current design was enacted by law in 1907. In the summer of 2007, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to change the flag with the addition of "Pennsylvania" on the bottom in golden letters. The legislation was proposed by State Representative Tim Solobay. The Senate has not yet taken action on the bill.

Rhode Island State Flag Information

The Rhode Island State Flag emerged almost 90 years after Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to form a union, when the General Assembly of the state adopted an official design for a state flag. The colors and design of the flag date back to colonial times and the original establishment of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations under King Charles II of England. The most prominent feature of the flag, the anchor, dates back to 1647 and the Cromwellian Patent of 1643 when the Providence Plantations were established. Later, when a more liberal charter was bestowed upon the colony, the anchor was again chosen for the seal and the word "HOPE" was added.

South Carolina State Flag Information

Dating back to 1765, the South Carolina State Flag reminds us of its role in the American Revolution and maintains its place in the annals of the Civil War with a design that was formulated as a National banner when the state seceded from the union on December 20, 1860. The flag that flies over the state of South Carolina today is of the same design that flew over the independent South Carolina during the Civil War.

South Dakota State Flag Information

The original South Dakota State Flag (adopted in 1909) had an image of the sun on the front and the state's seal on the back. In 1963, the state's seal and the sun's rays were both placed on the front of the flag (with nothing on the back of the flag). In 1992 the old motto, "The Sunshine State," was changed to "The Mount Rushmore State" (this is because Florida is commonly known as the Sunshine State). The original flag's design was by Senator Ernest May and Doane Robinson, secretary of the State Historical Society. Will Robinson, Doane Robinson's son, redesigned the flag in 1963.

Tennessee State Flag Information

The Tennessee State Flag was designed by a fellow named LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Infantry. The geometric design sybolizes the geographical and cultural heritage of the state of Tennessee, while echoing the colors of the national flag of The United States of America. The color white symbolizes purity, the blue sybolizes the love that Tennesseans feel for their state and the red sybolizes, that in times of war and peace, Tennesseans are true-blooded Americans.

Texas State Flag Information

Texas often is called the Lone Star State because of its Texas State Flag with a single star. The "Lone Star Flag" was adopted by the Texas Congress in 1839. According to an article which appeared in the September 1948 issue of Frontier Times by author Adina de Zavala, suggests the five points of the star represent the characteristics of a good citizen, which are fortitude, loyalty, righteousness, prudence, and broadmindedness.

Utah State Flag Information

In 1912, the Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers commissioned a flag to be presented to the battleship Utah. This flag displayed the Utah State Seal centered on a blue background and circled by a thin gold line. This flag became the official Utah State Flag as we know it today.

Vermont State Flag Information

The Vermont State Flag has a blue background with the coat of arms in the center. This has been the official design of the flag since 1923. Before then, soldiers in the Civil War used this design for some of their flags. The coat of arms has many symbols that represent Vermont.

Virginia State Flag Information

Adopted in 1861, the Virginia State Flag the state's seal was placed on the flag at the start of America's Civil War in 1861. Depicting the state's motto on the flag is the goddess Virtue, who is holding a sword and a spear. She has defeated a tyrant, who is lying on the ground, and is holding a chain and a scourge (a whip). To the right is the tyrant's fallen crown. Virtue symbolizes Virginia and the tyrant symbolizes Britain.

Washington State Flag Information

Washington did not actually adopt an official design for its state flag until 1923, more than 30 years after the state was admitted to the union. The Washington State Flag consists of the state seal (which bears an image of George Washington) on a field of dark green. It is the only U.S. state flag with a field of green as well as the image of an American president.

West Virginia State Flag Information

The West Virginia State Flag was adopted in 1929. The flag depects the state seal, encircled by a garland of the state flower (rhododendron), in the center of the flag. The seal pictures two men, a farmer and a miner, around a rock bearing the date June 20, 1863 (the day West Virginia split from Virginia and became a state). A red ribbon below the men has the state motto, Montani Semper Liberi, meaning "Mountaineers are always free" in Latin. A large red ribbon above the seal reads "STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA."

Wisconsin State Flag Information

Originally designed in 1863 when regiments from Wisconsin wanted a flag for battlefield use, it wasn't until 1913 that state statutes specified the design of the Wisconsin State Flag. In order to distinguish it from the many other blue U.S. State flags, Wisconsin's flag was modified in 1979 to add "Wisconsin" and "1848", the year Wisconsin was admitted to the Union.

Wyoming State Flag Information

Wyoming was one of the last states to ratify an official state flag. In 1916, an open competition was held by Wyoming's Daugters of the American Revolution for the design of an official Wyoming State Flag. Verna Keays won the $20 first-place prize with her design of a bison (Wyoming's state animal) with the state seal branded at its center. Her design was made official by legislature in 1917. In her original design, the bison faced away from the staff as a symbol of the freedom with which the bison had once roamed over the Wyoming plains. Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard (state regent for the DAR at the time), felt the design would be more balanced with the bison facing the staff. The first flags were printed this way, and though Wyoming legislation has not officially recognized this change, Wyoming flags have been printed with the bison facing the staff since 1917.