Arkansas Arkansas State Flag

The Arkansas flag was formally adopted on March 16, 1924. Since, Arkansas has maintained the same flag for the last 93 years.

The Arkansas flag was voted 30th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 3 main colors in the Arkansas flag are #BF0A30, #FFFFFF, and #002868. The Arkansas flag width is 1.5 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.5 feet.

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Arkansas Flag

The Arkansas State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on March 16, 1924.

Colors

#BF0A30 65.1%
#FFFFFF 18.6%
#002868 14.8%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.

Description

The Arkansas flag has a red background that contains a large white diamond in the center. The white diamond is bordered by blue around the sides. Twenty- nine five pointed stars appear on this flag. Twenty-five of them are found on the blue borders of the diamond while four large stars stand in the center of the diamond along with the word “Arkansas.” One star is above the state’s name while three stars remain below. The star above as well as the two outer stars point upwards while the inner star points downwards.

Meaning

That big white diamond represents Arkansas being the only diamond-bearing state as of 1987 when the flag’s elements were defined. However, recent finds in Colorado and Montana relinquish that title. The 25 stars on the outer part of the diamond represent the place of entry to the Union. The star above the state name represents the confederate state which Arkansas had joined after seceding from the Union during the Civil War. The three stars below the state name have three different meanings. One symbolizes the three nations which Arkansas has belonged in the past (Spain, France and the US). The second meaning signifies the Louisiana Purchase which made Arkansas a US territory in 1803. Lastly, Arkansas became the third state to be formed after that purchase. The two upward pointing stars symbolize the sign of the twin states of Arkansas and Michigan which the Union admitted together.

The flag is saluted with the following words "I salute the Arkansas Flag with its diamond and stars. We pledge our loyalty to thee."

History

In 1912, the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to present the new battleship, USS Arkansas, with a state flag. Unfortunately, they had no state flag to present. Not surprisingly, a contest was then organized to design a state flag. Willie Hocker, a member of DAR, became the winner when her design was chosen out of 65 applicants. Her design closely resembled what the flag looks like today. In 1923, a fourth star was added to the flag; two stars above the state name and two below. However, this disrupted the original meaning and a correction was done to put the one star above the state name and three below. In 2011, a few more changes were made to the flag to specify the colors as Old Glory Red and Old Glory Blue.


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