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The Pennsylvania State Flag
The blue State Flag of Pennsylvania depicts a shield bearing the state's coat of arms protected by an eagle and supported by two horses. The shield features symbols representing the industries important to the economy of Pennsylvania. 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.

Ratified the Constitution in 1787
Pennsylvania is the 2nd state
Date the flag was adopted:1907


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

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

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

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Capital: Harrisburg
Date of Statehood:
12 December 1787
(2nd state)
"Keystone State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Pennsylvania state flag?  

The design is a field of blue containing the coat or arms and an image of the Seal of Pennsylvania

What do the horses symbolize?
 In 1699 William Penn imported the magnificent stallion Tamerlane and two mares to Philadelphia with the intention to introduce the best English horse stock to America. Caleb Lownes used horses when designing the new Penn Coat of Arms
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry the term 'Horses forcené' refers to the position of the horse when rearing or standing on his hind legs. This symbolizes readiness to serve country.
What do the images on the flag represent?
 The eagle represents the loyalty of Pennsylvania to the nation
 The shield features ship, a plough and three sheaves of wheat
 Beneath the shield is a wreath containing Indian corn (maize) symbolizing the importance of this crop to the state together with an olive branch that symbolizes peace
 The red ribbon contains the words "Virtue, Liberty and Independence"
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 Pennsylvania State Flag?

The name of the designer of the coat of arms of Provincial Pennsylvania was Caleb Lownes of Philadelphia and the seal was designed by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere.

What is the history of the Pennsylvania State Flag? 
 1788: The coat of arms of Provincial Pennsylvania was designed by Caleb Lownes
 1799: Pennsylvania adopted its first State Flag which composed of the State Coat of Arms on a deep blue field and the Coat of Arms was that of Provincial Pennsylvania’s Penn family

1861-1865: During the Civil War, Pennsylvania regiments carried the Stars and Stripes but substituted the Pennsylvania Coat of Arms for the field of stars


1907: The legislature standardized the design by specifying that the blue should be the same as "Old Glory", the common nickname for the flag of the United States

When was the Pennsylvania State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted April 24, 1907
The Pennsylvania flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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