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5 Facts About the Flag of South Dakota

South Dakota has an official flag. As shown in the image above, it features the state’s seal surrounded by yellow-colored triangles. Above the seal is “SOUTH DAKOTA.” Below the seal is “THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE.” The flag feature a bright, attractive design that’s become synonymous with South Dakota. Here are five fun facts about the flag of South Dakota.

#1) The Yellow-Colored Triangles Symbolize the Sun

The South Dakota flag features yellow-colored triangles to symbolize the sun. The state’s seal is circular. To mimic the appearance of the sun, the South Dakota flag has yellow-colored triangles wrapped around the seal. With these yellow-colored triangles, the seal looks like the sun.

#2) Adopted in 1909

The South Dakota flag was originally adopted on Nov. 9, 1992. Since then, it’s been revised two times. The original design was adopted in 1909. It was later revised in 1963. And the South Dakota flag was revised yet again in 1992, resulting in the current version.

#3) Originally Featured a Standard Sun

When it was originally adopted, the South Dakota flag didn’t feature the state’s seal. Instead, it features a standard sun. The original design consisted of a standard, all-yellow sun in the center. And like the current version, it also featured “SOUTH DAKOTA” at the top. Below the sun, however, was “THE SUNSHINE STATE” instead of “THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE.”

#4) The Sun Represents the Sunshine State

Both the original and current versions of the South Dakota flag feature the sun. The original version featured a standard sun, whereas the current version features the state’s seal with yellow-colored triangles, which are designed to symbolize the sun. South Dakota, of course, is commonly referred to as the Sunshine State. Therefore, it only makes sense to include the sun in the South Dakota flag.

South Dakota is also referred to as the Mount Rushmore State. Mount Rushmore, of course, is located in the Black Hills area of South Dakota. The South Dakota flag was revised in 1992 to include “THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE.”

#5) Lawmakers Attempted to Change the Design in 2012

While the current version of the South Dakota flag is relatively new — it was adopted in 1992 — lawmakers recently tried to change it. In 2012, representative Bernie Hunhoff spearheaded a bill that would change the design of the South Dakota flag. The bill ultimately failed, however, after being deferred.

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