With its state seal surrounded by a glaring sun and sky blue background. South Dakota’s flag with its state seal in the center was officially adopted way back in 1963. Its seal pictures a farmer plowing a field, a river, mountains, forests, a steamboat and the state’s motto that says “Under God the People Rule.” The 1909 original flag had a two-sided design on it with the front representing the sun and the state’s seal on the back.
Referred to as the land of variety that encompasses 77,123 square miles of land area, the state where you can find Mount Rushmore showcases its fertile farmland and glacial lakes. The animals in this area include bison, deer, pronghorn, coyotes, and prairie dogs. Most of the western two-thirds of the state is home to prairie dogs according to The Book of Wild Mammals of South Dakota.
Lying beneath the grounds of Custer County is the second largest cave system in the United States known as the Jewel Cave. The crystal rich caverns span 1,273 acres making it earn its status as a national monument in 1908 just eight years after its discovery.
Protecting our well-loved homeland and preserving its resources is one way of paying respect to those who fought to liberate us. Our Star Spangled Flags are always flying high to remind us all that even against all the odds, our forefathers stood their ground and fought for a cause to give birth to and solidify the Union. More South Dakota Flag questions are answered here.