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The South Dakota State Flag
The distinctive sky blue color of the filed of the State Flag of South Dakota depicts the name and the nickname of the state, both in sunshine yellow. The central image reflects the images of the state seal. The South Dakota 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: 1889
South Dakota is the 40th state
Date the flag was adopted:1992


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

South Dakota State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 40th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Mount Rushmore State", it should be flown from a flagpole

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

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Capital: Pierre
Date of Statehood: 2 November 1889
(40th state)
"Mount Rushmore State"
Flag Ratio: 3:5

Seal in center of South Dakota state flag

What is the design of the South Dakota state flag?  
 The design is a field of sky blue containing an old image of the Seal of South Dakota with the state motto "Under God the People Rule."
What does the image of the seal depict?
 The image portrays the South Dakota landscape, the transportation featuring a steamboat, the diversity of the  industries and the natural resources symbolized by pictures of mining and agriculture
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 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 3:5 meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
What is the history of the South Dakota State Flag? 
 The center of the  South Dakota State Flag is based on the image of the seal.
 1861: The first seal for the Dakota Territory was used from March 2, 1861, until November 2, 1889 when North and South Dakota became states.
 1863: The seal design was approved on January 3, 1863
 1909: The first South Dakota flag was adopted with different images on both sides. The obverse (front) featured a golden sun with the gold words "South Dakota" above and "The Sunshine State" below and the reverse featured the image on the great seal

South Dakota Flag: 1909-1963

 1963: The cost of displaying a different image on both sides of the flag was too expensive and the legislature passed a bill adopting the reverse image showing the seal
 1992: "The Sunshine State" motto was conceded to Florida and legislation was enacted changing the official state motto to "The Mount Rushmore State." Flags made prior to July 1, 1992, however, remained legal until supplies were depleted.
 Flags made prior to July 1, 1992 remained legal until supplies were exhausted
When was the South Dakota Flag last officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted November 9, 1992
What is the Pledge of Allegiance?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and State of South Dakota, land of sunshine,
 land of infinite variety"

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

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