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The Washington State Flag
The State Flag of Washington is a unique green field (background) and depicts an image of the first US President George Washington. The name of the state is detailed on the gold outer ring together with the date of statehood, 1889. The Washington 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.

Date entered the Union: 1889
Washington is the 42nd state
Date the flag was adopted:1923,
modified in 1967


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

Washington State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 42nd state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Evergreen State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Washington state 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 Washington State flag

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

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Capital: Olympia
Date of Statehood: 11 November 1889 (42nd state)
"Evergreen State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Washington state flag?  
 The design is a field of green containing an image of the Washington State Seal that appears on both sides
What does the image on the seal symbolize?
 The image on the Washington seal pays homage to the namesake of the state and to commemorate his historic role as the first president of the United States of America
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color green is a symbol of the earth, agriculture, fertility and hope, joy and love
 The color yellow or gold is a symbol of the sun, generosity and wealth
 It is the only flag featuring a green field (background)
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 Washington State Flag?
 The name of the original designer of the seal was was Charles Talcott and then updated with the Gilbert Stuart portrait of the president. The flag was designed by the Washington branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution
What is the history of the Washington State Flag? 
 The first flags were those used by military regiments showing the profile of the President set against a blue background. Another design, featured the image of the seal in gold in the middle of either a green or purple background.
 1914: A committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution chaired by Mrs. S.J. Chadwick finalized the ensign design
When was the Washington State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted August 25, 1923
The Washington flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

The Personal Flag of George Washington
The man who bravely led his troops during the Revolutionary War of Independence (17751783) had a personal flag designed in 1775 which he flew throughout the war. Images of the flag are captured in two paintings, whose content was verified by eye witnesses.  The names of the paintings featuring the Personal Flag of George Washington are "The Battle of Princeton" by William Mercer and the "Surrender of Yorktown" by Van Blarenberghe.

Personal Flag of George Washington
This pictures depicts the personal 'Old Glory' flag of the great man, designed in 1775 first flown during his winter encampment at Valley Forge. His flag was carried by his personal protection squad called the "Life Guard". It displays 13 large white stars in a 3-2-3-2-3 pattern on a blue background. The original stars were six pointed, sometimes referred to as Marian Stars, and symbolized honor, achievement and hope. (The Great Seal of the United States also contains a six-pointed star made up of 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies). The five pointed stars were not used until 1784.

Personal Flag of George Washington


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