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The West Virginia State Flag
The blue border style Flag of West Virginia on a white field (background) depicts an image of the state seal that is surrounded by a wreath of Rhododendron maximum or "great laurel," the state flower. The West Virginia 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:1863
West Virginia is the 35th state
Date the flag was adopted:1905,
 modified in 1907 and 1929.


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

West Virginia Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 35th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Mountain State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The West Virginia 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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West Virginia State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. West Virginia 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 West Virginia State Flag
West Virginia broke away from the state of Virginia and joined the Union on June 20, 1863. The West Virginia flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Mountain State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the West Virginia Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the West Virginia Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Charleston
Date of Statehood: 20 June 1863
(35th state)
"Mountain State"
Flag Ratio: 10:19

What is the design of the West Virginia state flag?  

The design is a border style flag with a field of white and a blue border. It contains an image of the Seal of West Virginia surrounded by a wreath of Rhododendron

What does the Rhododendron symbolize?
 The Rhododendron, the "great laurel", symbolizes peace, success glory and victory
What does the image on the seal symbolize?
 The image on the seal depicts a farmer and a miner with their tools, symbolizing the major early industries of the state.
 Below the men are two rifles signifying that they have laid down their arms and the picture of the liberty cap on top of the rifles represents freedom. The rifles also represent their readiness to take up arms in defence of their state and the nation.
 The large boulder features the date "June 20, 1863", the date West Virginia became a state.
 A red ribbon with the state motto: "Montani Semper Liberi" which means "Mountaineers are always free" in Latin
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 white is a symbol of peace and honesty
 The color green is a symbol of the earth, agriculture, fertility and hope, joy and love
What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 10:19 meaning it is 10 units tall for every 19 units wide.
Who designed the West Virginia Flag?
 The name of the designer of the seal was Joseph H. Diss Debar.
When was the West Virginia Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 West Virginia flag was officially adopted November 6, 1929
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
 The legislature and the current constitution of the state does not specify a pledge
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of West Virginia, which serves as a constant reminder that "Mountaineers Are Always Free," which stands as a symbol of her majestic mountains, fertile forests, rich veins of coal, and the pride of her people."

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

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