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The New Hampshire State Flag
The blue State Flag of New Hampshire depicts the central image of the state seal surrounded by a laurel wreath, a symbol of victory. The ship is the frigate Raleigh that was built in Portsmouth, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire in 1776. 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.

Ratified the Constitution in 1788
New Hampshire is the 9th state
Date the flag was adopted:1909,
modified in 1932


Facts - New Hampshire State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the New Hampshire Flag:

New Hampshire State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 9th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Granite State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Concord
Date of Statehood:
21 June 1788
(9th state)
"Granite State"
New Hampshire
Flag Ratio: 2:3

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What is the design of the New Hampshire state flag?  
 The design is a field of blue containing an image of the Seal of New Hampshire encompassed with a laurel wreath, a symbol of victory (see enlarged picture above)
What does the ship symbolize?
 The ship is a representation of the 32 gun frigate Raleigh, flying the flag of the United States. The Raleigh was built in Portsmouth, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire in 1776 and was the first of the thirteen warships that the Continental Congress authorized for the US Navy in 1775
 The USS Raleigh was the first ship to carry the American flag into sea battle
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a ship was an early symbol of the Christian church as a place where the voyagers of faith could gather and sail over the rough areas of life to the good destination God had for them.
What does the laurel leaf symbolize?
 A laurel wreath is a symbol of victory dating to back to ancient Greece and Rome
 Nine stars are interspersed in the laurel wreath to commemorate that New Hampshire was the 9th 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
 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 New Hampshire Flag?
 The name of the designer is unknown
What is the history of the New Hampshire Flag? 
 The first flags in the state were flown by the military.
 1909: New Hampshire legislature officially adopted a state flag in 1909
 1931: Legislature defined the exact description of the seal due to previous artistic distortions
When was the New Hampshire State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted November 30, 1931
The New Hampshire flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.
Seal showing Granite RockThe Missing Granite Rock
There is an inaccuracy due
 to the modernised impression of the state flag and seal. The large gray granite rock or boulder has disappeared - the official state nickname is "the Granite State". The official description of the seal in the New Hampshire Statutes, Section 3:9 reads "...a granite boulder on the dexter side..."

Refer to the New Hampshire Seal for additional facts and information

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