West Virginia West Virginia State Flag

The West Virginia flag was formally adopted on November 6, 1929. Since, West Virginia has maintained the same flag for the last 88 years.

The West Virginia flag was voted 36th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 6 main colors in the West Virginia flag are #FFFFFF, #003776, #06884F, #FF3516, #FFB30F, and #000000. The West Virginia flag width is 1.9 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 5.7 feet.

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West Virginia Flag

The West Virginia State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on November 6, 1929.

Colors

#FFFFFF 58.1%
#003776 30.8%
#06884F 2.4%
#FF3516 2.3%
#FFB30F 1.4%
#000000 1.2%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.

Description

The flag of West Virginia portrays a white field with a surrounding navy blue border. Within, appears the state’s coat of arms which displays a rock with the date of Union admission, June 20 1863. Two men stand on either side of the rock while two rifles lay on the ground topped by a liberty cap. A red ribbon beneath the rifles contains the state motto “Montani semper liberi,” meaning “Mountaineers are Always Free.” A wreath of Rhododendron surrounds the picture and the name of the state is also displayed on a flowing red ribbon above.

Meaning

The blue border signifies the United States while the white background stands for purity. The surrounding Rhododendron is West Virginia’s state flower.

The seal showcases West Virginia’s agricultural pursuits while recalling its mission of freedom. The two men represent the mining and farming industries along with their designated tools of an ax, plow, pickax, and anvil. The crossed rifles topped with a Phrygian cap illustrate the importance of fighting for liberty.

History

In 1904 St Louis, Missouri hosted an exposition most commonly known as the Saint Louis World Fair. For this, West Virginia needed to send a flag to represent themselves and one was designed. This featured the state flower on the front side and the West Virginia coat of arms on the back. This flag was not an official representative of the state, but on February 24, 1905 legislature was brought in that made it one.

This design however did not gain support and two years later the design was changed and officially approved. The coat of arms was moved to the front and the big laurel moved to the back. Additionally a red ribbon was added with the state name on. Again, this did not bring satisfaction as two sided flags were expensive to produce and not practical. To remedy the situation the two sides were combined to create the flag the state of West Virginia has today.


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