Flag of Nebraska
The flag of Nebraska was adopted in 1925 and was designed by David Rice, an artist from Lincoln, Nebraska. The flag is a blue rectangular banner containing the state seal.
In 1913 in response to the Nebraska State Flag Law, Charles A. Randall and George W. Kelly wrote a report outlining various designs for a flag. The design that was accepted by the state legislature was based on this report.
The state of Nebraska was once part of the Louisiana Purchase. It wasn’t officially a state until March 1, 1867, and it didn’t even get its own flag until March 1st of that same year. The star represents how Nebraska became the 37th state in the Union.
In 1913, in response to the Nebraska State Flag Law, Charles A. Randall and George W. Kelly wrote a report outlining various designs for a flag. They based their designs on the state seal and included illustrations of how each design would look on different coloured backgrounds. The report was sent to Governor Bryan who approved of it and ordered copies printed for distribution throughout the state.
The flag was designed by David W. Bartlett and officially adopted in 1948, replacing an earlier design that had been used since 1867. The flag’s canton is taken from the state coat of arms and depicts a red barber pole against the background of sky blue; it represents the industry, commerce, agriculture and mining, the major economic interests at the time when this emblem was chosen for Nebraska’s official seal in 1867.
Before that time, there were various designs for flags. In 1867, a wheel with 13 spokes was added to represent the number of states west of Iowa; those states included Montana and Wyoming. In 1876, five golden suns were added below this wheel to represent Colorado’s entry into the Union that same year.
Design and symbolism
The state seal is composed of three symbols: an American eagle; a steam locomotive; and an arm and hammer. The arm and hammer represent industry, while the eagle represents freedom. These elements are all separated by rays that form a circle around them.
The field of Nebraska’s flag is blue, signifying loyalty and truthfulness. Gold symbolizes generosity and faithfulness to duty or cause; it also signifies that the state is one with its people in their struggles for prosperity and progress.
The flag has a length-to-width ratio of 2 to 3.