Happy birthday to 13 state flags!
13 State flags turn another year older in March.
March is a busy, busy month for U.S. state flag birthdays. In fact, with 13 states celebrating flag birthdays, March is the most birthday-packed month of the year. We've presented them in order here so that you can test or update your state flag trivia in the order that their birthdays occur. Here are the dates the state flag was adopted.
North Dakota — March 3, 1911.
The North Dakota state flag is almost an exact copy of the unit banner that was carried by their contingent of troops in the Philippine-American War.
The North Dakota state motto is, " serit ut alteri saeclo prosit," meaning, "One sows for the benefit of another age.".
West Virginia — March 7, 1929.
The West Virginia state flag is comprised of the state's coat of arms centered on a white field with a blue border.
The West Virginia state motto is, " montani semper liberi," meaning, "mountaineers are always free."
North Carolina — March 9, 1885.
The North Carolina state flag is defined by law to contain the three fields of equal size as depicted here. It also bears the dates of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and of the Halifax Resolves in a prominent display of North Carolina's leading position in American independence.
North Carolina's motto is, " esse quam videri," meaning, "To be, rather than to seem."
Maryland — March 9, 1904.
The Maryland state flag is the only state flag in the United States to have been based on English heraldry. As such, it replicates the heraldic banner of George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore.
Maryland's motto is, " fatti maschii, parole feline," meaning, "manly deeds, womanly words."
Utah — March 11, 1913.
The Utah state flag has a blue field and is fringed with fold borders, and a sheild in wiht center with an American eagle with outstretched wings.
Utah's motto is "Industry."
South Dakota — March 11, 1963.
The South Dakota state flag presents a version of the state seal surrounded by golden triangles which represent the sun. The state name and nickname both adorn the flag as well.
South Dakota's motto is, "Under God the people rule."
New Mexico — March 15, 1925
The New Mexico state flag is a yellow banner with the red sun symbol of the Zia in the center. The colors are derived from the Cross of Burgundy flags brought over by the conquistadors of Spain.
New Mexico's motto is, " crescit eundo," meaning, "it grows as is goes."
Idaho — March 15, 1907.
The Idaho state flag consists of a gold-banded version of the state seal.
Idaho's motto is, " esto perpetua," meaning, "let it be perpetual," or, "it is forever."
Minnesota — March 18, 1957.
The Minnesota state flag turns consists of the Minnesota state seal on a medium-blue banner. The stars and rings surrounding the flag represent Minnesota's position as the 32nd state and its many counties.
Minnesota's motto is, " l'étoile du nord," meaning, " the star of the north."
Missouri — March 22, 1913.
The Missouri state flag turns consists of the Missouri state seal on a banner of red, white, and blue fields. The colors are an homage to the French heritage of Missouri.
Missouri's motto is, " salus populi suprema lex esto," meaning, "let the welfare of the people be the supreme law."
Kentucky — March 26, 1918.
The Kentucky state flag depicts the Kentucky state seal and sprigs of goldenrod on a field of deep blue. Popular legend is that the frontiersman and statesman in the seal are Daniel Boone and Henry Clay of respective fame. However, the official explanation is that the two men represent all frontiersman and statesmen, not specific persons.
Kentucky's motto is, "United we stand, divided we fall."
Nevada — March 26, 1929.
The Nevada state flag: the blue in the flag is derived from the American flag. The silver star represents Nevada's resources, and the term "battle born" appears on the flag as a reminder that Nevada became a state during the American Civil War.
Nevada's motto is, "All for our country."
Iowa — March 29, 1921.
The Iowa state flag turns depicts a bald eagle carrying a ribbon bearing the Iowa state motto on a centered stripe of white. The white stripe is flanked by red and blue stripes, all three of which harken back to Iowa's French history as part of the Louisiana Territory.
Iowa's motto is, "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain."
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