|What is the design of the Alaska state flag? |
| ||The design is a dark blue background (field) representing the night sky with eight golden stars, seven of which form the Big Dipper and the eighth is representative of the North Star.|
|What is the official description as detailed in the legislature?|
"The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength."
| ||The above description was the winning submission in a contest to design the flag in 1927|
|What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?|
| ||The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice|
| ||The color yellow or gold is a symbol of the sun, generosity and wealth |
|What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length. |
| ||The ratio is 2:3 meaning it is 2 units tall for every 3 units wide.|
|Who designed the Alaska State Flag? |
| ||The name of the Alaskan designer was John Bell Benson (known as Benny Benson), who was only 13 years old at the time he won the contest in 1927|
The flag design submission by Benny Benson beat 142 other entrants. Many of the original entries are on display at the Alaska Historical Library & Museum.
|What is the history of the Alaska State Flag? |
| ||Alaska was claimed by Russian explorers in 1729 and subsequently the Russian Empire.|
| ||The lands were governed by the Russian-American Company (RAC), a state sponsored commercial company |
| ||On October 18, 1867 all Russian-American Company holdings were sold to the United States.|
|When was the Alaska State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)|
| ||The Alaskan Legislature adopted Benny Benson's design as the official flag for the Territory of Alaska on May 2, 1927.|
The Alaska flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.