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The Kansas State Flag
The dark blue State Flag of Kansas features a central image of the seal of state which is topped by a sunflower. The flag serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. The Kansas State Flag is also flown on national and state holidays and on any other days proclaimed by the governor. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1861
Kansas is the 34th state
Date the flag was adopted:1925,
modified in 1927 and 1963.


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

Kansas State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 34th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Sunflower State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Topeka
Date of Statehood: 29 January 1861
(34th state)
"Sunflower State"
Flag Ratio: 3:5

What is the design of the Kansas state flag?  
 The design is a field of azure containing an image of the Seal of Kansas. A picture of a sunflower is displayed above the seal on a bar of twisted gold and blue and the word "Kansas" is displayed below
What does the sunflower symbolize?
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a sunflower signifies that just as the flower turns toward the sun, so the bearer turns to the light and glory
What does the image on the seal symbolize?
 The image represents the landscape of the land the industries that emerged during its early  history. It also depicts a wagon train, log cabin and steamboat reflecting the transportation and life of the pioneers and early settlers
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 3:5 meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
Who was the designer?
 The name of the designer is unknown
What is the history of the Kansas State Flag? 
 Governor Ben Paulin first flew the flag in 1927 for the troops at Fort Riley, located in northeastern Kansas, and for the Kansas National Guard
 It was originally designed in 1925 but between 1925 to 1927, Kansas used a state banner, which consisted of a large sunflower and the word "Kansas" on a blue field, instead of a flag.
 The banner was difficult to hang so a conventional flag was adopted
 The word "Kansas" was added to the bottom of the flag in 1961.
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 September 22, 1961

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


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