Michigan State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

What do the designs on the Michigan Flag represent?

The state coat of arms portrays a light blue shield, on which the sun rises over a lake and peninsula, and a man with a hand raised representing peace and the other hand holding a gun representing the readiness to fight for state and union as a frontier state. The elk and moose are borrowed from the Hudson’s Bay Company coat of arms and represent great animals of Michigan. The bald eagle represents the United States. The 3 arrows held by the eagle stand for preparedness of the country to defend and protect itself. The olive branch which bears 13 olives are symbols of the original 13 colonies. Finally there are three Latin mottos: From top to bottom they are: 1) On the red ribbon: “E Pluribus Unum” meaning, “Out of many, one”. 2) On the light blue shield: “Tuebor,” means “I will defend”. 3) On the white ribbon: “Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice”, means “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you” (the official state motto).

When was the Michigan Flag adopted?

The present flag, adopted in 1911, is the third state flag. The first one featured a portrait of Michigan’s first governor, Stevens T. Mason, on one side and the state coat of arms and “a soldier and a lady” on the other side. Sadly, the first flag is completely lost, and no images exist of it as far as anyone knows. The second flag, which was adopted in 1865, displayed the state coat of arms on one side and the United States coat of arms on the other.

What is the Michigan Flag pledge?

The Michigan Flag pledge is: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of Michigan, and to the state for which it stands, two beautiful peninsulas united by a bridge of steel, where equal opportunity and justice to all is our ideal.

Where can I buy a Michigan Flag?

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

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

When flying the Michigan and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Michigan flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Michigan 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.