|What is the design of the New York state flag? |
| ||The design on the New York State flag is a field of blue containing an image of the coat of arms and seal of New York|
|What does the eagle symbolize?|
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 great Roman Republic and at the same time be uniquely American (the Bald Eagle being indigenous to North America).
The American Bald eagle is depicted with its wings "displayed" which is a symbol of protection.
|What does the globe symbolize on the New York State flag?|
The globe is symbolizes worldliness & world travel. "By exhibiting the eastern and western continents on the globe, the old and new are brought together"
|What does the two female figures symbolize?|
| ||The figures represent Lady Liberty and Justitia, the Roman goddess of Justice|
| ||The figure of Lady Liberty is shown holding a staff topped with a gold liberty cap. Similar caps called the pileus were said to be worn in ancient Rome by slaves who had won their freedom. A royal crown lies at the left foot of Lady Liberty, thrown down to represent the overthrow of the British monarchy in the War of Independence (1775–1783).|
| ||Justitia holds the scales of justice in her left hand is depicted wearing a blindfold representing objectivity, in that justice is delivered impartially, without fear or favour, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness. In her right hand she holds a gold handled sword that represents her readiness to fight tyranny. |
|What does the image in the shield of the New York State flag symbolize?|
| ||The image depicted in the central shield depicts the Hudson Highlands, the sun and a ship and a sloop sailing on the Hudson River. |
| ||The Hudson Highlands are mountains on both sides of the Hudson River in the U.S. state of New York|
| ||In heraldry the sun symbolizes glory and splendour: the fountain of life|
|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 1:2 meaning it is 1 unit tall for every 2 units wide.|
|Who designed the New York State Flag? |
| ||The name of the designers of the coat of arms that feature on the seal and flag of New York State were John Jay, John Sloss Hobart and Gouverneur Morris|
|What is the history of the New York State Flag? |
| ||1788: The coat of arms was adopted|
1858: New York militia regulations called for the coat of arms to appear on a white field (background) as the New York State flag
| ||1896, the legislature adopted a law changing the white to a buff color to match the facing color of the uniforms worn by the troops serving in the Continental Army. |
| ||1901: The buff background was changed to blue in line with the regimental flags which traditionally displayed the coat of arms on a blue background|
|When was the New York State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)|
| ||It was officially adopted April 1, 1901|
|The New York flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.|