Maine State Flag
The Maine flag was formally adopted on June 16, 1909. Since, Maine has maintained the same flag for the last 111 years.
The Maine flag was voted 45th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.
The 4 main colors in the Maine flag are #002664, #9ED9FF, #FFFFFF, and #FFE84F. The Maine flag width is 1.5 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.5 feet.
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The flag of Maine features the state coat of arms centered on a dark blue background. In the center of the shield, a moose rests under a pine tree while a farmer and seaman stand on either side. The North Star shines above the shield with a red banner beneath that contains the Latin word and state motto, “Dirigo,” meaning “I lead.” Below the shield, a blue banner holds the state’s name.
The color blue on a flag commonly represents vigilance, truth, justice, loyalty and perseverance. The farmer and seaman flanking this particular shield symbolize Maine’s reliance on agriculture and the sea. Centered on in the shield grows a pine tree that represents the state’s timber and ship building industries. Pine trees can also symbolize friendships and enduring fame. Under the pine tree rests a moose, the state animal. The star glimmering overhead is a symbol of unity and leadership, which guides citizens home.
Bertha Smouse is believed to be the original designer of the state seal. Smouse was the step-daughter of Colonel Isaac Gardiner Reed who was the chair of the Committee charged with the task of designing the Great Seal of Maine. Her design was accepted in 1820, shortly after Maine joined the Union as the 23rd state.
The original 1901 Maine flag was much simpler than the current one, consisting of just a pine tree against a yellow background with a blue North Star on the upper left-hand corner. However, designs for the current flag gained approval by the Maine legislature on February 23, 1909. Interestingly, there are no official colors of the state seal, just that the blue field on the flag must match the color in the U.S. flag. Therefore, this flag’s coat of arms may come in a variety of colors!
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