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The Missouri State Flag
The red, white and blue State Flag of Missouri features a central image of the seal of state surrounded by a circle of symbolic white stars on a blue background. The symbolism of the ensign is described below. The 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: 1821
Missouri is the 24th state
Date the flag was adopted:1913


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

Missouri State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 24th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Show Me State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Jefferson City
Date of Missouri Statehood:
10 August 1821 (24th state)
"Show Me State"
Missouri Flag Ratio: 10:17

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What is the design of the Missouri state flag?  
 The design is a field of blue, white and red horizontal stripes containing an image of the Seal of Missouri (see the above enlarged picture of the Missouri seal design)
 The red, white & horizontal stripes represent the national colors of the United States
 The seal on the flag is surrounded 23 small stars representing each of the other states of the Union when Missouri became the 24th state
 A canopy of stars above the seal on a lighter blue background repeats this symbolism. The large star represents Missouri
What do the stars symbolize in heraldry?
 The star is an emblem of the unity of all things and the essence of the life force
 The star is also a symbol of truth and constancy
What do the bears symbolize?
 The grizzly bears  support the seal and symbolize the state's strength and the courage of its citizens.
 In heraldry the bear symbolizes strength and bravery and the bear is the emblem of ferocity in the protection of kindred.
What does the image on the seal symbolize?
 The image on the seal features the image of the US seal emphasizing the loyalty of the state to the nation
 The white crescent on the blue background symbolizes Missouri at the time of its statehood. It had a small population and wealth but hoped it would increase like the new or crescent moon
 The front facing helmet above the seal represents state sovereignty.
 The helmet with an image representing an olive branch on either side, symbolizes peace.
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
What is the shape and Missouri flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 10:17 meaning it is 10 units tall for every 17 units wide.
Who designed the Missouri State Flag?
 The name of the designer was Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver
What is the history of the Missouri State Flag? 
 1861: During the Civil War (1861-1865) the Missouri state militia carried a flag bearing the Missouri coat of arms featuring the grizzly bear, the bald eagle, olive branches,  arrows and a crescent moon with the words "United We Stand, Divided We Fall"
 1913: This design became the central feature of a design by Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver that was adopted as the official Missouri State Flag in 1913.
When was the Missouri Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 The flag was officially adopted September 4, 1913
The Missouri flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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