Pennsylvania State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the Pennsylvania Flag adopted?

The General Assembly first authorized a state flag of Pennsylvania in 1799, but then standardized it in 1907. The standardization specifies that the blue background be a perfect match with the blue in the flag of the United States. In 1778 Caleb Lownes of Philadelphia prepared a coat of arms which was placed on the flag the same year. His original Coat of Arms is virtually identical to the one used today.
In 2005, the state legislature of Pennsylvania voted to add the word “Pennsylvania” to the flag. Representatives passed the measure, but the Senate has not taken action on it as of 2015.

What are the meanings of the designs on the Pennsylvania Flag?

The Pennsylvania Flag features the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The flag displays a bald eagle as it’s crest, a gold and white wreath, and two draft horses that hold the shield together, which are like guardians supporting it. The bald eagle represents the state’s allegiance to its’ protector, the United States.
Symbols of Pennsylvania’s greatest strengths grace the coat of arms: a ship represents the commerce that Pennsylvania’s economy is based on, a red plough represents the rich natural resources of the region, and three sheaves of wheat represent the fertility of the state’s soil as well as its’ cultural wealth. Below this scene, a cornstalk crosses limbs with an olive branch as a symbol of prosperity and peace. Beneath it is the state motto “Virtue, Liberty and Independence”, beautifully written on a red ribbon.

Where might I purchase a Pennsylvania State Flag?

If you would like to purchase a Pennsylvania Flag, try Star Spangled Flags. Their flags are beautiful! The colors are bright and bold and they are made from only materials made in the USA! They are durable and protected from the sun, and they use strong stitching that keeps the flags from unraveling and fraying. They also provide free shipping!

How should the Pennsylvania Flag be flown with my American flag?

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

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