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The Alaska State Flag
The State Flag of Alaska features a dark blue background illuminated by golden stars depicting the 8 stars of the Big Dipper and the North Star. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. The Alaska State Flag is also flown on national and state holidays and on any other days proclaimed by the governor. There is an Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1959
Alaska is the 49th state
Date the flag was adopted: 1927


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

Alaska State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 49th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "49th State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Alaskan 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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Alaska State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Alaska 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 Alaska State Flag
The Alaska flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "49th State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Alaska State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the Alaska State Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Juneau
Date of Statehood: 3 January 1959
(49th state)
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the Alaska state flag?  
 The design is a dark blue background (field) representing the night sky with eight golden stars, seven of which form the Big Dipper and the eighth is representative of the North Star.
What is the official description as detailed in the legislature?

"The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength."

 The above description was the winning submission in a contest to design the flag in 1927
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 2:3 meaning it is 2 units tall for every 3 units wide.
Who designed the Alaska State Flag?
 The name of the Alaskan designer was John Bell Benson (known as Benny Benson), who was only 13 years old at the time he won the contest in 1927

The flag design submission by Benny Benson beat 142 other entrants. Many of the original entries are on display at the Alaska Historical Library & Museum.

What is the history of the Alaska State Flag? 
 Alaska was claimed by Russian explorers in 1729 and subsequently the Russian Empire.
 The lands were governed by the Russian-American Company (RAC), a state sponsored commercial company
 On October 18, 1867 all Russian-American Company holdings were sold to the United States.
When was the Alaska State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 The Alaskan Legislature adopted Benny Benson's design as the official flag for the Territory of Alaska on May 2, 1927.

The Alaska flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.


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