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The Maryland State Flag
The State Flag of Maryland features the coat of arms of George Calvert (Lord Baltimore), the colonizer and founder of Maryland. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. The Maryland 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: 1788
Maryland is the 7th state
Date the flag was adopted:1904

 
 

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

Maryland State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 7th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Old Line State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Annapolis
Date of Statehood: 28 April 1788
(7th state)
"Old Line State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

 
What is the design of the Maryland state flag?  
  The design is based on the quartered coat of arms of George Calvert (Lord Baltimore) who is credited as the colonizer and founder of Maryland.
What is the history of the coat of arms?
  The coat of arms was granted to George Calvert as a reward for his storming a fortress during a battle
  The geometrical gold and black arms represent the Calvert family. In heraldry this shape is described as a Lozenge. The lozenge is a diamond-shaped figure that is set diagonally.
  The red and white colors have a Cross Botonée (or bottony) design of his mother's family, the Crosslands. In heraldry a Cross Botonée is a cross with a cluster of three balls or knobs at the end of each arm, the red and silver colors are counterchanged on the flag of Maryland
  As Calvert's mother was an heiress, he was entitled to use both coats of arms in his banner.
An incorrect 'depiction' of the Maryland flag appears on the seal...
  The seal is full of historical symbolism - but modifications have resulted in many inaccuracies please refer to the article on the Maryland State Seal for interesting information
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 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 2:3 meaning it is 2 units tall for every 3 units wide.
Who designed the Maryland Flag?
 

The name of the original designers of the coat of arms were the family of George Calvert and the English College of Arms

What is the history of the Maryland State Flag? 
  A pre-Civil War version consisted of the seal on a blue background
  During the Civil War many citizens of the state wore the red and white "secession colors" in sympathy with the South
  1880: The flag in its current form was first flown on October 11, 1880, in Baltimore at a parade commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Baltimore.
When was the Maryland Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
  It was officially adopted November 25, 1904
The Maryland flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.
 

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