14 VERMONT

March 4, 1791

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"Green Mountain State"

Adopted in 1923, Vermont's STATE FLAG shows an antlered head above the coat of arms showing mountains, wheat, an ox and one large pine tree.  The wreath of branches surrounding the coat of arms is inserted to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh (1814).  The red banner below shows the states name and bears its motto:

FREEDOM and UNITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15  KENTUCKY

June 1, 1792

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"Bluegrass State"

Adopted in 1918 and changed slightly in 1962, the STATE FLAG of Kentucky shows a seal under the words "COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY" and framed goldenrod, the state flower.  Inside the seal is a frontiersman and hunter representing Kentucky and the original states.   The meeting of the two defines the state motto:

UNITED WE STAND

DIVIDED WE FALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16  TENNESSEE

June 1, 1796

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"Volunteer State"

Tennessee included the colors of the United States flag and the Confederacy when it adopted   its STATE FLAG in 1905.  The three stars in the circle indicate that Tennessee was the THIRD state admitted after the original 13.  It also represents the three geographical areas of the State of Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17  OHIO

March 1, 1803

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"Buckeye State"

Ohio's STATE FLAG, adopted in 1902, is the only state flag not either square or rectangular in shape.   It features red and white stripes and 17 stars in a field of blue, signifying Ohio's place as the SEVENTEENTH state of the Union.  The white ring with the red center in the field of blue is for the State tree, the Buckeye.  It also forms the letter "O", for Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18  LOUISIANA

April 30, 1812

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"Pelican State"

The State flag of Louisiana was adopted on the centennial of its statehood in 1912.  It features a pelican tearing at its breast to feed its young, symbolic of self-sacrifice.  Though the flag became official in 1912, this symbol was used to represent the Territory of Louisiana long before it entered the Union.  The State motto is printed in a scroll at the bottom and reads:

UNION, JUSTICE & CONFIDENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19  INDIANA

December 11, 1816

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"Hoosier State"

The arrangement of the 19 stars in Indiana's STATE FLAG symbolizes more than just that state's admission as the 19th state.  There are 13 stars in the outer circle for the first 13 states, 5 stars in the lower half of the inner circle for the 5 states admitted after the Constitution, and the 19th star for Indiana above the torch.  The torch itself and extending rays represent the spread of enlightenment and liberty throughout our Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20  MISSISSIPPI

December 10, 1817

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"Magnolia State"

In 1894 Mississippi adopted their state flag, based upon TWO flags flown by the Confederacy during the Civil War.  The 3 broad blue, white, and red stripes was known as the "STARS and BARS".  In adopting a state flag to represent the state's proud Southern heritage, the BATTLE FLAG" of the Confederacy containing 11 stars, was added to the upper left corner of the Stars and Bars flag.