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The Kentucky State Flag
The dark blue State Flag of Kentucky depicts the central image of the state seal that features a frontiersman wearing buckskin shaking hands with a statesman wearing a suit. 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 entered the Union: 1792
Kentucky is the 15th state
Date the flag was adopted:1918,
 it was modified in 1962


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

Kentucky State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 15th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Bluegrass State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Frankfort
Date of Statehood: 1 June 1792
(15th state)
"Bluegrass State"
Flag Ratio: 10:19

What is the design of the Kentucky state flag?  
 The design is a field of azure containing an image of the Seal of Kentucky. The words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" create an outer circle along with two sprigs of goldenrod  (Solidago altissima), the state flower
What does the image on the seal symbolize?

The image on the seal depicts two men shaking hands. Some believe that the man wearing the buckskin clothes is the famous pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone (1734-1820) and the man in the formal suit is the Kentucky statesman  Henry Clay (1777-1852)

 In heraldry a handshake represents union and alliance
 The motto surrounding the image "United we stand, divided we fall" is particularly apt
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 white is a symbol of peace and honesty
 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 10:19 meaning it is 10 units tall for every 19 units wide.
Who designed the Kentucky State Flag?
 The name of the designer was Jesse Cox Burgess, an art teacher from Frankfort, Kentucky
What is the history of the Kentucky State Flag? 
 The British Union Jack flew over the commonwealth until the Revolutionary War
 The first American 'Betsy Ross' flag was then adopted
 In 1792, the statehood date it adopted the 15-star flag of the Union
 During the Civil War the state also flew the flag of the Confederate States of America

When was the Kentucky State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)

 It was officially adopted March 26, 1918
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High."

 The salute should be made by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
The Kentucky flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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