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The Michigan State Flag
The blue State Flag of Michigan depicts the images of the seal of the state featuring the protective eagle and the shield supported by an elk on the left and a moose on the right. The motto is that of the United States of America. 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: 1837
Michigan is the 26th state
Date the flag was adopted:1911


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

Michigan State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 26th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Great Lakes State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Michigan 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 Michigan flag

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

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Capital of Michigan: Lansing
Date of Statehood: 26 January 1837
(26th state)
"Great Lakes State"
Michigan Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Michigan state flag?  
 The design is a field of azure blue containing an image of the Seal of Michigan
What does the eagle symbolize? (See enlarged picture on your left)

The eagle is the emblem of the United States of America and Michigan demonstrates its loyalty by its inclusion on its flag which is further emphasized by the inclusion of the US motto "E pluribus unum" a phrase which means 'Out of many, one'.


In heraldry the eagle was a symbol held by men of action and ingenuity, occupied with weighty affairs.


The eagle was intended to at once to recall the might of the Roman Empire and at the same time be uniquely American (the Bald Eagle being indigenous to North America).


The Bald eagle is depicted with its wings "displayed" which is a symbol of protection and in its talons holds three arrows and an olive branch.

What do the moose and the elk symbolize?
 The central shield is flanked by an elk on the left and a moose on the right, both are symbols of Michigan. In heraldry antlers represent strength and fortitude
What does the image on the shield symbolize?
 The image on the shield (see picture) depicts the sun and landscape with a male figure holding a long gun in one hand whilst the other is raised. The man therefore represents peace but also the ability to defend his rights, continuing the theme of the eagle symbolism
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 blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
 The American combination of red, white and blue symbolizes revolution and freedom
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 Michigan State Seal pictured on the Flag?
 The name of the designer was by General Lewis Cass (1782-1866), Michigan's second (non-acting) Territorial governor
What is the history of the Michigan State Flag? 
 The first state flag featured Michiganís first governor, Stevens Thomson Mason (1811-1843), on one side and the coat of arms on the other
 1865: Tom Mason was replaced by the United States coat of arms in the second version
When was the Michigan State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted June 26, 1911
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of Michigan, and to the state for which it stands,
2 beautiful peninsulas united by a bridge of steel,
where equal opportunity and justice to all is our ideal."

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

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