State Flags through the Decades – 1990’s to 2010’s

This is our last installment of “State Flags through the Decades”! Where has the time gone? Probably staring at blue state flags with state seals… Thankfully we end the series with only one dark blue state flag with a state seal!

Today we discuss North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Utah, as we close out our series. Which will be your favorite? Which decade surprised you? Let us know in the comments below!

North Carolina – 1991

State flags through the decades_NorthCarolina

Following the red, white and blue color palette, first started by Hawaii in 1845, is North Carolina’s state flag. Adopted in 1991, the North Carolina flag is 1/3 blue and 1/3 red and white. In the blue field are the initials NC separated by a star and surrounded by a ribbon above and below. The ribbon above reads May 20th 1775, standing for the date of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The lower ribbon reads April 12 1776 to represent the date of the Halifax Resolves.

Georgia – 2003

State flags through the decades_Georgia

Georgia has had SEVEN state flags over the last 200 years, the last being adopted in 2003. The current flag shows a blue canton in the top left corner of the flag and three stripes alternating red-white-red. The blue canton contains a ring of 13 five-point stars and the coat of arms. The arch symbolizes the state’s constitution and the pillars represent the three branches of government: Legislative, executive and judicial.  Upon the pillars is the state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation”, guarded by a man in American Revolution War dress. The soldier’s sword is drawn to represent the defense of the constitution and the motto, In God We Trust, is underneath acting as the state’s roots. The 13 stars stand for the original Thirteen Colonies.

Oklahoma – 2006

state flags through the decades_Oklahoma

The Oklahoma flag is a sky blue field with a buffalo-skin shield in the center and Oklahoma written underneath. The buffalo skin shield is called an Osage shield and covered by two symbols of peace. Crossed atop the shield is an olive branch representing European Americans and a Plains-style ceremonial pipe to represent the Native Americans. The six crossed on the shield are Native American symbols of stars.

Louisiana – 2010

state flags through the decades_Louisiana

The Louisiana flag was originally designed in 1912, however the current flag was adopted in 2010. The current flag depicts a mother pelican wounding her breast to feed her young. The mother stands outspread wings and head covering the three baby pelicans to represent charity. The ribbon underneath the scene is the state motto: “Union, Justice, and Confidence.”

Utah – 2011

state flags through the decades_Utah

Utah is the last flag to be adopted of 50 states in the U.S. and wouldn’t you know it, it’s a state seal on a blue field! Are you even surprised? On this blue field is a bald eagle that stands for protection in peace and war. The flower within the shield is a sego lily, the state flower, which represents peace. The state motto “Industry” and beehive stand for progress and hard work. The flags behind the shield show Utah’s support and commitment to the United States. The date 1847 represents the year the Mormon pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley. While under the shield 1896 is the year Utah was admitted into the Union as the 45th state.

It’s come to an end. Our tour though the decades is finally over. Miss a segment? Check them all out in the links below!

1800’s

1900’s

1910’s

1920’s Part 1

1920’s Part 2

1930’s to 1940’s

1950’s to 1960’s

1970’s to 1980’s

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