Iowa State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

How are you supposed to fly your Iowa flag with your American flag?

When flying the Iowa and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Iowa flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Iowa flag will be to the left of the flag of the United States situating the U.S. flag in the position of honor, which is to the right of the other flags. Please remember when flying your flag after dark to be sure to illuminate it.

Who designed the flag of Iowa?

The Iowa flag was designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Daughters of the American Revolution of Iowa. She believed the flag should embrace the history of its domain from the time of its occupation by the Indians to discovery by the French and purchase from Napoleon by Jefferson, to its admission into the Union, down to the present time. And all of this should be represented on the flag in such a way that school children as well as adults can recognize its symbolism and know that it means Iowa.

When was the Iowa flag adopted?

The Iowa flag was officially adopted as the state flag by the Iowa General Assembly in March, 1921. The design of the flag was first selected in May 1917 by Governor Harding and the State Council of Defense.

Where can I buy an Iowa flag?

To buy a 100% made in the USA Iowa flag, then purchase one from Star Spangled Flags. They treat their flags with a UV protectant to protect them from sun damage and use a very strong nylon fabric with strong lock stitching to keep them durable and prevent unraveling and fraying. They also have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and free shipping in the USA!

What do the designs on the Iowa flag mean?

The flag of Iowa consists of three vertical stripes, white, blue and red. On the center white stripe is a bald eagle holding a ribbon which contains Iowa’s state motto, “ Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain”. Directly below is the word, “IOWA” in red. The blue stripe represents loyalty, justice and truth. The red stripe symbolizes courage, and the white stripe, purity. The bald eagle represents our nation and strength.

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