New York State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

What is on the state flag of New York and what does it represent?

The New York state flag features the state of New York Coat of Arms on a field of deep blue. At the top of the Coat of Arms’ shield is a bright rising sun surrounded by numerous sunbeams, symbolizing a hope for a bright future. The sun is rising behind three mountain tops which symbolize Beacon Mountain, the highlands of the Hudson River. Shown on the Hudson River sailing toward each other is a three masted, square rigged ship and a Hudson River sloop, which represent inland and foreign commerce. The river is bordered by grassy shores and shrubs. Below the shield is a white banner displaying New York State’s motto, “Excelsior”, Latin for “Ever Upward”, signifying a reach for even higher goals. Above the shield is an American eagle facing right with his wings spread, standing on a world globe which symbolizes might, power, dominance and protection while looking forward to New York’s bright future. The world globe exhibits the eastern and western continents representing the old and new brought together. Two ladies, “Liberty and Justice”, are the shield’s supporters. On one side of the shield stands “Justice”, her hair is decorated with pearls and she is blindfolded. She carries a sword held high in one hand and a scale in the other. The sword represents Justice is ready to fight tyranny and to deal out punishment for evil. The blindfold and scales represent impartiality and fairness. On the other side of the shield stands “Liberty”, holding a pole topped with the Phrygian cap. A crown is thrown down at her left foot which symbolizes the failed control of the British Monarchy. The Phrygian cap typically represents freedom from slavery because these caps were given to Roman slaves when freed as a symbol of Liberty.

When was the New York state flag adopted?

The New York state flag was officially adopted April, 1901. The flag’s design although is New York’s Coat of Arms, and it was officially adopted in 1778.

How do I correctly fly my New York flag and my American flag together?

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

A great place to purchase a New York state flag that is fully made in the USA, is Star Spangled Flags. Their flags are 100% made of products made in the USA! They use super strong stitching and their flags are treated so they really last out in the bright sunshine. They provide free shipping and come with a customer satisfaction guarantee.

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