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The Florida State Flag
The State Flag of Florida features a red St. Andrew's cross on a white background. The image depicted is the seal of the state with a Seminole Native American spreading hibiscus flowers. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1845
Florida is the 27th state
Date the flag was adopted:1900,
modified in 1985


Facts on the Florida State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Florida Flag:

Florida State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 27th state
 when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Sunshine State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Florida flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The flagpole must be at least two and one-half times as long as the flag

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Florida State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Florida State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the Florida State Flag
The Florida flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Sunshine State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Florida State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the state are as follows:

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Capital: Tallahassee
Date of Statehood: 3 March 1845
(27th state)
"Sunshine State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Florida state flag?  
 The design is described as a saltire which is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross
 The design is a Crimson cross of St. Andrew in a field of white
 The red diagonal cross is based on the Confederate war flag.
 The image shown on the Seal of the state
 The picture on the seal features a Seminole woman, the Sabal palmetto palm, the rays of the sun and a steamboat. The steamboat was an extremely important method of transportation to the early development and history of Florida
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color red is a symbol of hardiness, bravery, strength & valor
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
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.
What is the history of the Florida State Flag? 
 The famous phrase "Five Flags over Florida" refers to the five governments that exerted sovereignty over all, or part of Florida.
 The "Five Flags over Florida" were the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the United States and the Confederacy.
 Florida had no official flag between 1821 and 1861 when the provinces first joined the United States
When was it adopted? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted  in 1900 and was revised in 1985 to conform to the corrected state seal.
 Our article on the seal details the problems and inaccuracies of the seal

The Florida flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.


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