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The Tennessee State Flag
The State Flag official Tennessee depicts a predominantly red field edged with a narrow vertical white stripe and broader vertical blue stripe. The center circle displays three 5 pointed stars to represent the three different regions of the state of Tennessee: West, Middle, and East. The Tennessee flag serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is an Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1796
Tennessee is the 16th state
Date the flag was adopted:1905


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

Tennessee State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 16th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Volunteer State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Nashville
Date of Statehood:
1 June 1796
(16th state)
"Volunteer State"
Flag Ratio: 3:5

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What is the design of the Tennessee state flag?  
 The design is an emblem on a field (background) of red, with a strip of blue on the fly. The emblem of the middle consists of three stars on a blue circle.
What does the emblem symbolize?

The designer of the flag, LeRoy Reeves, described his design explaining it would include three stars to represent the three grand divisions of the state. Reeves said "They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field, the symbol being three bound together in one - an indissoluble trinity."

 The  three stars were also erroneously reported by National Geographic magazine  in October 1917 to reflect that  Tennessee was the third state to be admitted into the Union after the original thirteen states
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a star symbolizes honor, achievement and hope.
What does the blue bar symbolize?

The designer of the Tennessee flag, LeRoy Reeves, added the blue bar as a design consideration. He stated that "The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp."

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 and the adoption of these colors indicate the loyalty of Tennessee to the nation
What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 3:5 meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
Who designed the Tennessee State Flag?
 The name of the designer was LeRoy Reeves (1876-1960), captain of Johnson City's National Guard. Before his retirement in 1940, he advanced to the rank of colonel.
What is the history of the Tennessee State Flag? 
 1897-1905: A tricolor flag in slanted bands of red, blue, and white was flown. The three slanted bands geographically represented the three regions of Tennessee. The blue number 16 and the words "The Volunteer State" (the state's nickname) was also displayed in gold representing Tennessee being the 16th state in the Union

1905: The flag designed by LeRoy Reeves was adopted by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly passed and approved April 17, 1905

When was the Tennessee State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 The Tennessee State flag was officially adopted February 3, 1905
What is the Tennessee Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"Three white stars on a field of blue
God keep them strong and ever true
It is with pride and love that we
Salute the Flag of Tennessee."

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

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