North Dakota State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

What are the designs on the North Dakota flag and what do they represent?

The state flag of North Dakota consists of a dark blue field with a bald eagle with wings spread and beak open in the center of the flag. In the eagle’s left talon is a sheaf of arrows and in the right is an olive branch with three red berries. On the eagle’s breast is a shield with the lower part showing seven red and six white stripes placed alternately. The eagle’s beak holds a scroll bearing the words “E PLURIBUS UNUM”. Beneath the eagle is a scroll with the words “NORTH DAKOTA”. Over the scroll are thirteen five-pointed stars arranged in two semi-circular rows, the top arc with 7 stars and the bottom arc with 6. A sunburst is placed above the stars.
The flag’s design representations are as follows: The sunburst symbolizes hope, progress and a bright future, the 13 stars represent the original 13 colonies, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is the motto of the United States meaning, out of many, one and symbolizes unity. The bald eagle represents strength and power of the union. The shield with 13 stripes stands for the original 13 colonies that were united to form the United States. The olive branch symbolizes peace and the bundle of arrows represents the readiness to defend freedom and liberty.

When was the North Dakota flag adopted?

The flag of North Dakota was adopted by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly on March 3, 1911, although the color was not precisely specified at that time. The flag was brought in line with the original troop banner on November 9, 1943 and was officially adopted on that date by the State’s Legislature.

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

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

Star Spangled Flag sells a beautiful North Dakota 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!