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The Louisiana State Flag
The dark blue State Flag of Louisiana features the iconic pelican feeding her three chicks over a white banner with the words Union, Justice and Confidence, the stat's motto. 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 the state entered the Union: 1812
Louisiana is the 18th state
Date the flag was adopted:1912

 
 

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

Louisiana State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 18th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Pelican State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Baton Rouge
Date of Statehood: 30 April 1812
(18th state)
"Pelican State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

 
What is the design of the Louisiana state flag?  
  The design is a field of azure containing an image of the Seal of Louisiana
What does the image on the seal symbolize?
  The image on the seal depicts a pelican feeding her nest of three chicks. Beneath the picture of the pelican is the state motto of "Union, justice, and confidence"
What does the pelican symbolize?
  According to the ancient laws of heraldry a pelican is a symbol of piety and virtue associated with the Holy Eucharist, also called Holy Communion
  In heraldry, as in the Louisiana flag, a pelican does not have the large pouched beak of the natural bird
  As a Christian symbol the pelican also represents charity and self-sacrifice because it was believed that in times when food was scarce, the noble Pelican would feed its young by piercing it’s own flesh and taking blood from itself to feed it’s chicks. The term used to describe this action is ‘vulning’
  The pelican is therefore depicted ‘vulning’ with three drops of blood on her chest
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
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 Louisiana State Flag? 
  Many different flags flew over the state:
  1519: The coat of arms of the explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
  1542: The Spanish Flag of Leone & Castile as flown by explorer Hernando de Soto
  1682: The French Fleur-de-Lis introduced by explorer Sieur de La Salle
  1763: The British Union Jack when by the Peace of Paris Great Britain acquired its Louisiana territory from France
  1769 Spanish Governor Alejandro O'Reilly finally established firm control of Louisiana for Spain which then flew the Bourbon Spanish flag.
  1803: The French Tri-Color was briefly flown when Spain officially returned the Louisiana territory to France
  1803: U.S. Flag of 15 Stars "The Star Spangled Banner" when the US purchased the territory of Louisiana from Napoleon
  1810: West Florida Lone Star adopted by American citizens in the area of present day Louisiana known as the Florida Parishes.
  1812: Louisiana formally became the 18th state to join the union.
  1861: Independent Louisiana after seceding from the Union and before joining the Confederacy, Louisiana flew the flag of an independent nation for 2 months.
  1864: Confederate Flag
  1912: The Louisiana Flag was adopted by the Legislature and modified in 2006
When was the Louisiana State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
  The modified version was officially adopted May 7, 2006
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
    The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail
 for all of those abiding here."
 

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

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