Alaska State Flag
The Alaska flag was formally adopted on July 6, 1927. Since, Alaska has maintained the same flag for the last 97 years.
The Alaska flag was voted 4th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.
The 2 main colors in the Alaska flag are #0F204B and #FFB612. The Alaska flag width is 1.4 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.2 feet.
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The Alaskan flag simply consists of an open blue field that contains eight five-pointed golden stars.
The blue background represents the sky, sea, mountains and the beautiful Forget-Me-Not flowers of Alaska. Eight gold stars are then placed to represent the Big Dipper star group and the North Star. The Big Dipper is part of the Ursa Major constellation, otherwise known as the Great Bear which represents strength. The biggest and brightest star farthest on the flag embodies the North Star and signifies Alaska being the most north while also looking forward to the future of the state.
The Alaskan state flag was adopted in May 1927 after the Alaskan department of the American legion sponsored a contest for children in grades seven to twelve to design one. There ended up being around seven hundred entries of which 1/3rd were based around the state seal. Other entries included polar bears, fishing and mining; all things synonymous with Alaska. These however were all considered to be too specific, concentrating only on one aspect of Alaska.
In the end a design by a 7th grade student and orphan, John Bell (Benny) Benson, was chosen. His contribution to Alaska would later go on to be recognized in the form of Benson Boulevard, Benny Benson Drive and Benny Benson Secondary School which were all named after him.
The flag itself is one of simplicity but powerful meaning that it is hard to believe a child as young as John Bell could come up with it. But come up with it he did and it has flown proudly over Alaska ever since.
At the time the flag was designed Alaska was not a state and would not become one until 1959 when it became the 49th. It was decided then that the Alaskan flag would be kept and it was officially adopted.
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