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The Maine State Flag
The dark blue State Flag of Maine features an image of the seal above which is the motto and the yellow five-pointed Polar star which is  a symbol of the unity. The two figures represent a farmer and a sailor. 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: 1820
Maine is the 23rd state
Date the flag was adopted:1909


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

Maine State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown in the 23rd state every day when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Pine Tree State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Augusta
Date of Statehood: 15 March 1820 (23rd state)
"Pine Tree State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Maine state flag?  
 The design is a field of azure blue containing an image of the Coat of Arms shown on the Seal of Maine
What does the Pine Tree symbolize?
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a pinetree symbolizes the tree of life and humanity and a symbol of steadfast friendships and enduring fame.
 The White Pine is a symbol of the extensive pine forests that  cover Maine that provide the natural resources to make various products
What does the image on the seal symbolize?

The image on the seal features the white pine beneath which rests a a moose, the State animal of Maine. The bright yellow five-pointed Polar star displayed above the motto is a symbol of unity that guides its citizens towards home and the concept of patriotism. The figures of the sailor and farmer supports the crest and represents the importance of the agriculture and shipping industries to the economy of the state

What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
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 Maine State Flag?
 The name of the designer of the image on the state seal (which is a feature of the current flag)was believed to be made by Bertha Smouse, the step-daughter of Colonel Isaac Gardiner Reed who was the chair of the Committee charged with the task of designing the Seal and Arms.
What is the history of the Maine State Flag? 
 1901-1909: The first design featured the white pine, a blue image of the Polar star on a buff field (see picture below)
 1909: Legislature approved a new design, featuring the Maine Coat of Arms on a blue field.
When was the Maine State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted June 16, 1909
The Maine flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

Picture of the first Maine State Flag
The first Maine flag was adopted in 1901 and was legal until 1909. It featured a buff field, and image of the white pine and the Polar Star in blue.

Picture of the first Maine Flag: 1901-1909Picture of the first Maine Flag

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