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The Iowa State Flag
The State Flag of Iowa features an image of an eagle holding a banner with the words of the state motto in its beak. The horizontal bars of red, white and blue represent revolution and freedom. The flag 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 Iowa entered the Union: 1846
Iowa is the 29th state
Date the Iowa flag was adopted:1921


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

Iowa State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 29th state  when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Hawkeye State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital of Iowa: Des Moines
Date of Statehood: 28 December 1846
(29th state)
"Hawkeye State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Iowa state flag?  
 The design is  vertical tricolor flag consisting of white, red and blue. The center stripe depicts an eagle holding a ribbon with the words of the state motto.
What does the eagle symbolize?

In heraldry the eagle was a symbol held by men of action and ingenuity, occupied with weighty affairs.


The eagle was intended to at once to recall the great Roman Republic and at the same time be uniquely American (the Bald Eagle being indigenous to North America).


The American Bald eagle is depicted with its wings "displayed" which is a symbol of protection.

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 red-white-blue color combination also reflected the close association of the state with France
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 Iowa State Flag?
 The name of the designer was Dixie Cornell Gebhardt
What is the history of the Iowa State Flag? 
 The designer, Dixie Cornell Gebhardt, designed the flag to symbolize the history of the state
 The white central bar represented peace with the Native Americans
 The red, white, and blue colors represent Iowa’s close ties to France and the colors of the US flag
 The image of the bald eagle symbolized Iowa’s integration within the United States of America.
When was the Illinois State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted March 12, 1921
The Iowa flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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