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The Georgia State Flag
The State Flag of Georgia features a canton design with red and blue horizontal stripes and an image of the seal depicting the coat of arms and motto of the state with white stars on a blue background. 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.

Ratified the Constitution in 1788
Georgia is the 4th state
Date the flag was adopted: May 8, 2003


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

Georgia State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 4th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Peach State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Georgia 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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Georgia State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Georgia 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 Georgia State Flag
The Georgia flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Peach State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Georgia State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the Georgia State Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Atlanta
Date of Statehood: 2 January 1788
(4th state)
"Peach State"
Flag Ratio: 3:5

What is the design of the Georgia state flag?  
 The type of flag is a canton design in red, white and blue
 The red and white horizontal stripes and colors are reminiscent of the "Stars and Bars" the first National Flag of the Confederate States of America
 The 13 stars represent the first 13 states
 The white five-pointed star is a symbol of the unity of all things and the essence of the life force.
 In heraldry a star is a symbol of leadership and excellence. A star symbolizes honor, achievement and hope.
 The image depicting the coat of arms shown on the seal are prominent in the design
 The coat of arms as shown on the Great seal depict an arch with the word "Constitution" containing three pillars with the words Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation
 The pillars symbolize fortitude and constancy

A armed soldier or militia man of the American Revolution guards the pillars and all they represent

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 blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
 The American combination of red, white and blue symbolizes revolution and freedom
 The seal is gold which 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 3:5 meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
Who designed the Georgia State Flag?
 The designer of the seal was Daniel Sturges, the Surveyor General of Georgia
 There were 7 designs of different flags before the current design was adopted in 2003
What is the history of the Georgia State Flag? 
 The first, unofficial design before 1879 featured a blue background with a central picture of the gold seal
 From 1879-1902 there was one vertical blue strip to the left with the coat of arms in the center and 2 red and 1 white horizontal bar

From 1902-1906 the vertical blue strip contained the coat of arms in the center and 2 red and 1 white horizontal bar


From 1906-1920 the image of the coat of arms was depicted within in an ornate, white baroque style shield

 From 1920-1956 the baroque style shield was replaced by a simple white circle containing the coat of arms in blue
 1956-2001 the red & white horizontal bars were replaced by the Confederate Battle Flag
 2001-2003 the stars and bars disappeared and replaced by a plain blue background with the gold coat of arms encircled by 13 white stars
 The current design  combined elements of Georgia's previous flags. Designs were subject to a referendum and the current design won 73.1% of the votes
 Pictures showing the development of the different flags are shown below
When was the Georgia State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted 8 May 2003
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to the Georgia flag and to the principles for which it stands;
Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation."

 The salute should be made by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
The Georgia flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.
Pictures of the designs of the Georgia State Flag
Georgia State Flag - Pre-1879Georgia State Flag - 1906-1920
Georgia Pre-1879Georgia 1879-1902Georgia 1902-1906Georgia 1906-1920
Georgia State Flag - 1920-1956Georgia State Flag - 1956-2001Georgia State Flag - 2001-2003Georgia State Flag - Current Design
Georgia 1920-1956Georgia 1956-2001Georgia 2001-2003Current Design

Pictures of the designs of the Georgia State Flag
The above pictures tell the story of the history and development of the Georgia State Flag. As you can see the ratios change with the different designs.


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