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The South Carolina State Flag
The unusual dark blue State Flag of South Carolina depicts a white crescent shape and the central image of a white palmetto tree. The significance and symbolism of these images are  detailed below. The South Carolina 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 1788
South Carolina is the 8th state
Date the flag was adopted:1861


Facts on the South Carolina State Flag
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Rhode Island Flag:

South Carolina State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 8th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Palmetto State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Columbia
Date of Statehood: 23 May 1788
(8th state)
"Palmetto State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the South Carolina state flag?  
 The design is a field of blue containing an image of the palmetto tree and white crescent reflecting the images on the seal of South Carolina
What does the crescent symbolize?

Knights returning from the crusades introduced the crescent as an emblem. According to the ancient laws of heraldry the crescent is a symbol of the hope of greater glory and enlightenment. Crescents also represented the moon that lights the night sky for travellers.  The crescent shape was worn on the front of the caps worn by Revolutionary War soldiers from South Carolina.

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What does the palmetto tree symbolize?
 The palmetto tree symbolizes victory in a battle against the British fought from a fort made of palmetto logs during the Revolutionary War of Independence (17751783) refer to the South Carolina State Seal for additional information.
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?

The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice. Blue also  signifies the color of the uniforms worn by South Carolina troops during the Revolutionary War.

 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
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 South Carolina State Flag?
 The name of the chief designers of the seal that bore the palmetto tree were William Henry Drayton and Arthur Middleton
What is the history of the South Carolina State Flag? 
 The  crescent was worn as an emblem of the military regiments of South Carolina during the early major conflicts in American history
 The palmetto tree was added in 1861
When was the South Carolina State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted September 28, 1861
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto 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 South Carolina flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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