Flag of Arizona
The Colour and Design of the state flag of Arizona shows the history of Arizona and its natural features. The Flag represents the copper star of Arizona rising from a blue field in the face of a setting sun, the 13 rays also symbolises the original 13 states of the United States of America.
The Arizona flag was designed in 1910 by Colonel Charles W. Harris, general of the Arizona National Guard, for the Arizona Rifle Team to use in competition. The flag was officially adopted on February 17, 1917.
Flag of Arizona Design and Colour Scheme
Arizona’s state flag is divided into two halves. The top half consists of thirteen alternating red and yellow rays and The bottom half of the flag is a solid blue field, the same colour as the blue in the United States flag, with a large copper-coloured star is superimposed in the centre of the flag.
There are four different colours used throughout the design of the Arizona flag:
- The Yellow and Red Rays represent the original 13 states of the United States of America and the impressive sunsets of the state.
- The Copper coloured Star represents copper mining, which has been an important part of the history of the state.
- The Colour Blue represents the Colorado River, which flows through Arizona.
Arizona statute specifies the proportion and spacing for the flag’s visual elements in feet.
- The flag should have a hoist of 4 feet and a fly of 6 feet.
- The copper star should be 2 feet tall and positioned 1 foot from the top and 1 foot from the bottom, horizontally centred.
Colours used in the flag
Brief History about the Flag of Arizona
In 1910, Col Charles W. Harris designed a flag for the Arizona Rifle Team when they attended the National Matches at Camp Perry. The flag was carried by the Arizona National Guard rifle team during a trip to Ohio.
A battleship was being built in 1914 and was completed and launched in 1915, and commissioned in 1916. a group of Arizona citizens presented a flag of Harris’s design to the captain and crew, which used it as an unofficial battle flag. The Harris flag was adopted in 1917 by Arizona’s Third Legislature and was passed into law without Governor Thomas Campbell’s signature.
On February 27, 1917, just five years after attaining statehood, Arizona adopted its state flag.