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The Rhode Island State Flag
The distinctive shape and colors of State Flag of Rhode Island depicts the central image of an anchor, symbolizing hope, surrounded by a circle of 13 gold stars representing the 13 original colonies. The Rhode Island 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 1790
Rhode Island is the 13th state
Date the flag was adopted:1897

 
 

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

Rhode Island State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 13th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Ocean State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island flag

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

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Capital: Providence
Date of Statehood:
29 May 1790
(13th state)
"Ocean State"
Rhode Island Flag Ratio: 1:1

Blue and White Rhode Island flag

 
What is the design of the Rhode Island state flag?  
  The design is a field of white containing an image of an anchor, 13 stars and the word "Hope" which reflect the seal and the motto of Rhode Island
  The Rhode Island flag is often depicted with gold fringe around the edges
What does the anchor symbolize?
  In heraldry the anchor is a symbol of good luck and of security, and therefore of trust and confidence. The anchor is the Christian emblem of hope, refuge and  religious steadfastness.
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
  The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
  The color yellow or gold is a symbol of the sun, generosity and wealth
  The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
  The colors of white and blue were first flown by Rhode Island military regiments and these were transferred to the design of the flag - see above picture
What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
  The ratio is 1:1 meaning it is 1 unit tall for every 1 unit wide.
Who designed the Rhode Island State Flag?
  The name of the designer of the original seal with the anchor was William Dyre (1609-1677) who was the husband of Mary Dyer, who was executed for her beliefs in Boston
What is the history of the Rhode Island State Flag? 
  1636: The year Rhode Island was founded
  1640: The first design was adopted
  1664: The word "Hope" was placed over the seal's anchor and adopted by the Rhode Island General Assembly for the State of Rhode Island Providence Plantations.
  1775: The Blue and White flag was flown during the American Revolutionary War (17751783) by military regiments
  1790: Rhode Island achieved statehood
  1812: Blue and white colors of Rhode Island flown during the War of 1812
  1821: Blue and white colors flown during the Mexican War for Independence
  1897: Flag was formally adopted with the anchor in gold
When was the Rhode Island State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
  The blue and white Rhode Island flag was adopted July 27, 1640 and then formally adopted on November 1, 1897
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
    The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to our State Flag, and to the Republic of which Rhode Island forms a part; one Union inseparable, with honor and reverence for both State and Nation"
 

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

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