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The Vermont State Flag
The State Flag of Vermont on a field of blue depicts a crest bearing an image of a pine tree and pictures reflecting the main industries of the state. the crest is mounted by a buck's head. The Vermont State 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:1791
Vermont is the 14th state
Date the flag was adopted:1923


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

Vermont State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 14th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Green Mountain State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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State Capital: Montpelier
Date of Statehood: 4 March 1791 (14th state)
"Green Mountain State"
Flag Ratio: 3:5

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What is the design of the Vermont state flag?  
 The design is a field of azure blue containing an image of the Seal of Vermont surrounded by two pine boughs and topped by the head of a buck (male deer). A red ribbon displays the words "Vermont" and "Freedom and Unity”
What does the deer symbolize?
 The deer is a symbol of the wildlife in the lands
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry the stag is an emblem of purity and fleetness and its antlers symbolize strength and fortitude
What do the pine boughs and pine tree symbolize?
 The pine boughs represent the extensive pine forests that cover the state and provide the natural resources to make various products
 According to the laws of heraldry the pine tree symbolizes eternal life
What do the other images symbolize?

There are pictures of a pine tree, a cow and three sheaves of wheat representing the agriculture industry with mountains rising in the background.

 In heraldry a wheat sheaf symbolizes that harvest of one's hopes has been secured
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 3:5 meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
Who designed the Vermont State Flag?
 The name of the designer is unknown but the seal was designed by Ira Allen
What is the history of the Vermont State Flag? 

Some elements of the design were adopted from the Vermont State Seal was designed by Ira Allen (1751-1814), the brother of Ethan Allen and one of the founders of Vermont and a leader of the Green Mountain Boys

 1760's: The  first Vermont flag was the same as the banner of the Green Mountain Boys. The Green Mountain Boys were a militia organization first established in the late 1760's who served in the American Revolutionary War of Independence (1775–1783)
 1804: The next Vermont flag was a militia flag depicting 17 stars and 17 alternating red and white stripes with "Vermont" in upper case above the stars and stripes. It was expected that the U.S. flag would change to 17 stars and 17 stripes but this did not happen resulting in the Vermont flag having more stripes than the national flag.
 1837: Vermont changed its design to include 13 stripes and one large star on a blue background that contained the coat of arms.

1923: The similarity between the the striped Vermont state flag and the U.S. flag caused some confusion and the design of the Governor’s flag was therefore adopted on June 1, 1923

When was it officially adopted by the Vermont state legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted April 17, 1923
The Vermont flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.
Green Mountain Boys Flag1804 Militia FlagThe 13 stripes
Green Mountain Boys Flag1804 Militia FlagThe 13 stripes

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