The Louisiana Flag was originally created in the year 1912. However, it was recently updated in 2006 to its current design. The flag is a bit peculiar – much different than most other flags in the United States. On the Louisiana Flag sits an image of a family of pelicans, placed atop a blue background. Directly beneath the pelicans sit the words “UNION JUSTICE and CONFIDENCE”.
The image in the center of the Louisiana Flag is commonly referred to as a “pelican in her piety”. It depicts a mother pelican intentionally wounding herself in order to feed her babies with her own blood. On the Louisiana Flag, it has been made official that the mother pelican should appear with three drops of blood coming out of her body. Below the image sit the words “UNION JUSTICE and CONFIDENCE”, the state of Louisiana’s motto.
The symbol of the “pelican in her piety” has been used since medieval times. The pelican was often thought of as being very attentive to her young, even to the point of wounding itself to feed them with its own blood whenever no other food was available. The pelican has been used to represent many symbols and religions; most notably it has often been used to symbolize Jesus Christ.
Louisiana has had three major flags fly over it throughout the years, starting in the year 1861. Prior to this year, Louisiana did not have any official flag, though various flags were unofficially used. The first of the flags of Louisiana was created in January, 1861 once the state succeeded from the American Union, before the Confederate States of America were created. The state then adopted another design that was used until the end of the Civil War, and today’s current design for the Louisiana Flag was officially put into use in 1912.