Every State’s Flag and What It Represents

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> Flag design: Seal of Montana on a blue field with the word ‘Montana’ above
> Officially adopted on: 1981

The state seal on its flag displays symbols of Montana’s history and environment. A sunrise shines over snowy mountains. Additionally, waterfalls, the Missouri River, mountains, hills, trees, and cliffs are featured behind a pick, a shovel, and a plow, which are tools that symbolize the state’s mining and farming history. A ribbon with the state motto in Spanish – “Oro y Plata,” meaning “gold and silver” – is at the bottom of the seal.

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> Flag design: Seal of Nebraska in gold on an azure field
> Officially adopted on: 1925

Nebraska’s banner has been designated as the official state flag. The eastern part of the circle on the state seal features a steamboat ascending the Missouri River. The seal also features a settlers’ cabin, sheaves of wheat, and stalks of growing corn that represent agriculture. The train cars on the flag are meant to head towards the Rocky Mountains. The state motto, “Equality Before the Law,” also appears on the flag.

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> Flag design: Solid cobalt blue field with 2 sagebrush branches around a silver star with ‘Nevada’ and ‘Battle Born’
> Officially adopted on: 1991

Nevada has had four state flags in its history. The first flag was adopted in 1905, and the current flag was approved in 1991. The current flag has a cobalt blue background with a five-pointed silver star symbolizing the state metal — silver. The star is between branches of sagebrush, the state’s flower, that cross to form a half-wreath. The phrase “Battle Born” refers to Nevada joining the Union during the Civil War.

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New Hampshire
> Flag design: The state seal centered on a blue background
> Officially adopted on: 1931

New Hampshire’s state flag features the state seal with the frigate Raleigh surrounded by laurel leaves and nine stars against a field of blue, signifying the rank of New Hampshire as the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and officially become a state.

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New Jersey
> Flag design: The coat of arms of the state on a buff-colored background
> Officially adopted on: 1896

The state flag represents the state colors, which were selected by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The three plows on the shield honor the state’s agricultural tradition. The helmet above the shield denotes sovereignty. The crest above the helmet is a horse’s head — the horse is New Jersey’s official state animal. The supporting female figures are Liberty and Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain and a symbol of fruitfulness.

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