Alabama Alabama State Flag

The Alabama flag was formally adopted on February 16, 1895. Since, Alabama has maintained the same flag for the last 123 years.

The Alabama flag was voted 19th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 2 main colors in the Alabama flag are #FFFFFF and #B10021. The Alabama flag width is 1.5 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.5 feet.

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Alabama Flag

The Alabama State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on February 16, 1895.

Colors

#FFFFFF 63.2%
#B10021 36.5%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.

Description

The Alabama state flag consists simply of a crimson Saint Andrew’s cross on a background of white. The bars of the cross are not supposed to be less than 6 inches wide and extend diagonally across the flag from one side to the other. This means that any Alabama flag made smaller isn’t legitimate! There also has been some recent confusion as to whether the flag should be square or rectangular as the act passed didn’t specify. The Alabama department of Archives and History suggested the flag was meant to be a square due to the need to preserve the features of the confederate flag. However, the state attorney said officially that the modern state flag should be rectangular.

The Alabama flag salute is “Flag of Alabama I salute thee. To thee I pledge my allegiance, my service, and my life.”

Meaning

The red color on the cross is a sign of the hardiness and bravery of the people of Alabama. White is a symbol of peace and honesty. The Saint Andrew’s cross is a sign of martyrdom.

History

The original flag of the State of Alabama was very different to the current flag. It was designed by a group of Alabama women in 1861. It featured the words, “Independent Now and Forever” over the Goddess of Liberty on one side. The other side had a cotton plant and a rattlesnake with the Latin words “Noli Me Tangere,” meaning “Touch Me Not.” Unfortunately, this flag was never flown again because of damage from bad weather after just one month! Instead, the Confederate National flag flew in Alabama between 1861 and 1865. Then in 1885, the United States flag took over until the current flag’s adoption on February 16, 1895.

The design and inspiration of the Arkansas flag we know today remains unclear. One explanation is that it was inspired by Saint Andrew’s cross from the flag of Scotland which has a blue background with a white cross. A definite possibility since at that time up to 33% of the southeastern population was of Scottish descent. Another possibility is that it was influenced by the Spanish cross of Burgundy which was Saint Andrew’s cross on a white background and used in Spanish Florida. However, Alabama’s adoption of its state flag comes before Florida’s.

Regulations say that the state flag should be hoisted over the dome of the capitol and at any event where the use of a flag is required unless the national flag is to be used. Furthermore, any state building which hosts a government department or an agency should display the state flag near the entrance.


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