Iowa Iowa State Flag

The Iowa flag was formally adopted on March 12, 1921. Since, Iowa has maintained the same flag for the last 103 years.

The Iowa flag was voted 29th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 4 main colors in the Iowa flag are #FFFFFF, #0A1F62, #D90026, and #A54A00. The Iowa flag width is 1.5 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.5 feet.

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The Iowa State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on March 12, 1921.


#FFFFFF 40.2%
#0A1F62 28.2%
#D90026 25.4%
#A54A00 2.7%
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### Description

The Iowa state flag is comprised of three vertical stripes of red, white and blue. The white stripe in the middle is broader than the other two colors. The white band also has a brown and white eagle drawn in its center. The eagle has a ribbon in its beak, which spreads out below to form the sentence, “Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.” Below the ribbon appears the word Iowa, in red.


The design of the Iowa state flag was created to embrace the rich history of the state. It was meant to showcase the time of the Indians, to its discovery by the French, and finally to Jefferson and its admission to the Union. The color white reflects the unwritten page of history to showcase the beginning of the state while also representing purity. The blue is meant to symbolize loyalty, truth and justice. The red represents courage. Iowa written in red means there was sacrifice from men who gave their lives during war.


In 1846 Iowa became an official state, but didn't adopt an official flag for several years. They instead opted to use the U.S.A. flag as their only one. Finally, in the teens of the twentieth century, the citizens began to feel it was time to have one. The official flag was approved by the state government in 1921. It had earlier been used by the National Guard as a banner.

During the First World War, the Iowa National Guard had a station along the Mexican border. These men saw other states that sported their own flags which helped give them a certain identity. They saw this and wanted it for themselves. The governor at the time, William Harding, became aware of this and ordered that some kind of banner be sent to them right away, only to find out there was no state banner. So it became the task of the Daughters of the American Revolution to create something. They put out a call for designs and made this a contest. In 1917, they received several design proposals and forwarded them to the governor to decide which one was best. The design chosen was created by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt and was selected on May 11, 1917. It took another four years for this banner to be turned into the official state flag of Iowa.

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