Fun with State Flags

Each state is defined by many things including their name, their borders, and especially their flag. While many states went with their state seal on a blue background design (18* to be exact), some states went in other directions.

The background color for the Delaware and New Jersey state flags were both influenced by George Washington’s uniforms.

The Daughters of the American Revolution state chapters held contests to select new flags in the following states: Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

Here are other interesting facts about some of our state flags:

The Texas state flag is the oldest state flag to keep its original design (1839).

The Hawaii state flag is the only state flag to incorporate Great Britain’s Union Jack.

The Iowa state flag resembles the French flag by design. It is meant to reflect the state’s history as part of the Louisiana Territory. However, the prominent display of a bald eagle signifies that the state is American through and through.

The Arizona state flag design was voted as the official flag in 1917 even though the governor, Thomas Edward Campbell, refused to endorse it.

The Maryland’s State Flag combines two coats of arms: the gold and black George Calvert, Lord Baltimore and the red and white colored arms of the Crossland family. During the Civil War, Confederate sympathizers adopted the Crossland arms while Union loyalists waved the Calvert arms. In the aftermath of the war, the two were combined and was officially adopted as the state flag in 1904.

The New Mexico state flag was voted best in the nation by the North American Vexillological Association in 2001.

The Ohio state flag is the only non-rectangular state flag in the country.

* Utah’s state flag was originally a white image of the state seal on a blue field. However, when the Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers ordered a custom copy of the flag for the battleship USS Utah, the flag arrived with the seal having been rendered in color with a gold circle around it. Rather than re-order the flag, the state legislature adopted the new design.

Check out our page on State Flags.  We have a wide assortment of size and fabric choices for each state. United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions.  Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

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