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The North Carolina State Flag
The red, white and blue State Flag of North Carolina State depicts the white five pointed star with the initials "N" and "C" in gold on either side. "April 12, 1776" is the date of the "Halifax Resolves" and "May 20, 1775" commemorates "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence". 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.

Ratified the Constitution in 1789
North Carolina is the 12th state
Date the flag was adopted:1885


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

North Carolina State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 12th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Tar Heel State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The North Carolina 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 state flag

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

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Capital: Raleigh
Date of Statehood:
21 November 1789
(12th state)
"Tar Heel State"
North Carolina Flag Ratio: 2:3

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What is the design of the North Carolina state flag?  
 The design is two horizontal bars of red and white flanked by a blue vertical bar that contains a white 5 pointed star with the initials "N" and "C" in gold on either side with the dates "April 12, 1776" and "May 20, 1775" also in gold letters

The red and white horizontal stripes and colors are reminiscent of the "Stars and Bars" the first National Flag of the Confederate States of America

What does the white star mean or symbolize?
 The white 5 pointed star symbolizes the state's admission as the 12th US State.
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a star symbolizes honor, achievement and hope.
What do the dates on the flag symbolize?
 There are two dates on the North Carolina State Flag - May 20, 1775 & April 12, 1776
 May 20, 1775 commemorates the "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence". The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is claimed to be the first declaration of independence made in the 13 Colonies during the American Revolutionary War (17751783)
 The declaration was made by a committee of patriots in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina who declared independence from Great Britain after hearing about the Battle of Lexington.
 The Battle of Lexington took place on Wednesday, April 19, 1775 and started the American Revolution with the "shot heard round the world."
 April 12, 1776 is the date of the "Halifax Resolves". The Provincial Congress of North Carolina had met in the town of Halifax, North Carolina and adopted a resolution calling for independence from Great Britain - the "Halifax Resolves"
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
 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 North Carolina State Flag?
 The name of the original designer was William Garl Browne
What is the history of the North Carolina State Flag? 
 The first flags in the state were flown by the military regiments
 June 22, 1861: The state convention approved a flag designed by Raleigh artist William Garl Browne and featured a red field on the left with a white star in the center, and two horizontal
bars of equal width of blue on the top and white on the bottom. Above the star was the inscription "May 20th, 1775". Beneath the star was the inscription "May 20th, 1861" which was the date of secession. See the picture of the 1861 flag
 The 1861 flag was employed for the first time during the Civil War (1861-1865).
 1885: The North Carolina legislature adopted a new design

When was the North Carolina State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted March 2, 1885
What is the North Carolina Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The North Carolina Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I salute the flag of North Carolina
and pledge to the Old North State love, loyalty, and faith."

The salute should be made by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

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

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