Louisiana State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the Louisiana state flag adopted?

The original Louisiana state flag with the Mother pelican feeding her young, was adopted in 1912 as the official state flag of Louisiana. It was modified in 2006 and lastly in 2010.

What is the design on the Louisiana state flag and what does it mean?

The state flag of Louisiana is a field of blue on which centrally lies a design from the state seal. The design is an Eastern Brown mother pelican with three drops of blood on her breast, her head slightly turned to the viewer’s right, and her wings spread over her three young chicks on the nest. Below the nest is a white banner with the state motto: “UNION JUSTICE CONFIDENCE”. The blue color of the field is one that stands for truth. The eastern brown pelican is the state bird and has been a symbol of self-sacrifice for Louisiana since the 1800’s. The initial settlers learned that pelicans were kind and good parenting birds. It was believed since medieval times that pelicans would tear their own flesh and feed the blood to their chicks (this act is called ‘vulning’) in times they could not find food. So the pelican stands for the state’s willingness to sacrifice itself to protect and care for its citizens. Worthy of mention here is the fact that pelicans do not actually tear at their own flesh to feed their young, for all animals, self-preservation is the norm in nature not self-sacrifice. This sacrificial design on their flag however, is an admirable way for the state to express their willingness to protect and care for their people.

What is the pledge to the Louisiana state flag?

The pledge to the state of Louisiana flag is: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here”. The state pledge of allegiance was adopted in 1981.

How are you supposed to fly the Louisiana flag with your American flag?

When flying the Louisiana and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Louisiana flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Louisiana flag will be to the right of the flag of the United States situating the U.S. flag in the position of honor, which is to the observer’s left of the other flags.

Where can you buy a Louisiana flag?

Star Spangled Flag sells a beautiful Louisiana flag that is 100% made by materials made in the USA! They use a tough material and add UV protection which adds to the longevity of the flag. They also use superior stitching that helps to prevent fraying and unraveling. A big plus is that they provide free shipping!

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