Can You Find YOUR State's Star?
Find the star of your state on the flag at the left and click on it. You can then see your STATE FLAG displayed in this space. If you need a little help finding your State's Star, scroll down beneath the American flag opposite this frame, to find your state along with a hint as to where it's star can be found on the American Flag.
December 7, 1787
When Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787; it became our FIRST STATE. The Delaware State Flag was adopted in 1913 and proudly displays the date of statehood. Inside the diamond the flag recognizes the importance of commerce (the ship) and agriculture (wheat, corn, the ox and the farmer) to the state. Tribute is also paid to the Revolutionary War Soldiers. The words in the banner at the bottom read:
LIBERTY AND INDEPENDENCE
December 12, 1787
Unlike most flags, Pennsylvania's State flag is more of a square than a rectangle. Pennsylvania became our second state on December 12, 1787. Their state flag was adopted in 1907, and like Delaware's paid tribute to commerce and agriculture on their coat of arms. Draft horses are on either side of the coat of arms and the American eagle rests on the top. In the scroll at the bottom is the state's motto:
VIRTUE, LIBERTY, AND INDEPENDENCE
3 New Jersey
December 18, 1787
New Jersey ratified the Constitution on December 18, 1787 (11 days after Delaware and 6 days after Pennsylvania), becoming State number 3. The STATE FLAG was adopted in 1896. The shield has three plows with a horse's head above it. The two women represent the goddess of LIBERTY and the goddess of AGRICULTURE. The motto at the bottom includes the date of independence in 1776 and reads:
LIBERTY and PROSPERITY
January 2, 1788
The FIRST Southern State to ratify the Constitution, Georgia adopted their STATE FLAG in 1956. The largest portion of the flag is a replica of the BATTLE FLAG of the Confederacy. The field of blue to the left includes the state seal showing the three PILLARS of our government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) upholding the Constitution. A soldier stands below the pillars to demonstrate the readiness of the Georgia military forces to defend these. The words scrolled across the face of the pillars are:
WISDOM, JUSTICE, MODERATION
January 9, 1788
Inside the coat of armor on the Connecticut STATE FLAG are three grape vines representing the three original "New World" colonies of Connecticut, New Haven, and Saybrook. Adopted in 1897, the flag bears the state motto which is based upon the 80th Psalm and is translated:
"HE WHO BROUGHT US OVER WILL SUSTAIN US"
February 6, 1788
The star in the shield of Massachusetts is for statehood. The statue of the Indian was a symbol used by the original colony as early as 1629. Adopted in 1908 and modified to the design seen here in 1971, the State motto in the scroll defines the intent of the arm and sword atop the shield. When translated it says:
"THIS HAND OPPOSED TO TYRANTS SEARCHES, WITH THE SWORD, FOR PEACEFUL CONDITIONS UNDER LIBERTY'