West Virginia State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the West Virginia Flag adopted?

The current state flag of West Virginia was officially adopted by the West Virginia Legislature on March 7, 1929, by West Virginia Senate Joint Resolution Number 18.

What do the designs on the West Virginia Flag represent?

The current state flag of West Virginia consists of a pure white field with a blue border stripe on all four sides. The white of the field symbolizes purity, and the blue border represents the Union. The center of the flag is embellished with the state’s Coat of Arms, a formal version of the Great Seal of West Virginia. The lower half of the flag is wreathed by two tethered swags of Rhododendron maximum, the state flower of West Virginia. Across the top of the state flag is an unfurled red ribbon with the constitutional designation “State of West Virginia”, and across the bottom is a tied red ribbon with the state’s motto “Montani Semper Liberi” meaning: “mountaineers are always free”.
The State’s Coat of Arms in the center of the flag symbolizes the principal pursuits and resources of West Virginia. In the center is an ivy-draped boulder that has been inscribed “June 20, 1863”, the date of West Virginia’s admission to the Union as a state. In front of the boulder are two crossed hunting rifles and a Phrygian cap, or “Cap of Liberty”, to illustrate the importance of the state’s fight for liberty. Two men, a farmer and a miner, stand on either side of the boulder and represent agriculture and industry. The farmer stands on the left with an ax and a plow before a cornstalk. The miner stands on the right with the pickax and, behind him an anvil and sledge hammer.

What is the West Virginia State Flag pledge?

The West Virginia Flag pledge is, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of West Virginia, which serves as a constant reminder that “Mountaineers Are Always Free”, which stands as a symbol of her majestic mountains, fertile forests, rich veins of coal, and the pride of her people.

Where can I purchase a West Virginia Flag?

A great place to buy an American made West Virginia flag is at “Star Spangled Flags”. They are bold and beautiful and UV protected against the bright sunlight! They are made of a very strong nylon material and extra stitching to keep them strong and helps to prevent unraveling and fraying.

How should I fly my West Virginia Flag with my American Flag?

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