Montana State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the state flag of Montana adopted?

The Montana state flag was officially adopted in 1905. The design on the flag is the State Seal of Montana and was adopted in 1865. Since the flag was adopted there have been only two changes. In 1981 the word “MONTANA” was added above the State Seal and the specific colors were determined and in 1985 the font was determined for the state name.

What is the design on the Montana state flag and what does it represent?

The design on the Montana state flag is the State Seal of Montana on a field of blue. Pictured on the Seal is a brilliant sun rising over a landscape of the Rocky Mountains, forests and the Great Falls of the Missouri River. The rising sun symbolizes a bright future ahead for Montana. The Rocky Mountains represent the beautiful mountainous topography of Montana from which the state received its name. The Great Falls and forests symbolize vast stretches of natural beauty and Montana’s natural wealth. Also pictured is a pick, shovel and a plow which represents Montana’s mining industry and agriculture. On a banner at the bottom of the Seal is a banner with the state motto: “ORO Y PLATA” which is Spanish for gold and silver. The mountains of Montana have yielded fortunes in gold and silver since the first substantial deposits were discovered in the 1800’s.

How am I to fly my Montana flag with my American flag correctly?

When flying the Montana and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Montana flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Montana 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 may I purchase a Montana state flag?

Star Spangled Flag sells a beautiful Montana 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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