State flag of Delaware
|Adopted||July 24, 1913|
The flag of the state of Delaware consists of a buff-colored diamond on a field of colonial blue, with the coat of arms of the state of Delaware inside the diamond with the words, "December 7, 1787", inscribed underneath the diamond. The coat of arms in the center of the flag depicts a shield of horizontal green, blue, and white stripes. On the stripes are a sheaf of wheat, an ear of corn, and an ox standing on grass, all representing Delaware's agriculture. Above the shield is a sailing ship. Supporting the shield are a farmer on the left and a soldier on the right. The state motto, below the shield, reads "Liberty and Independence".
Delaware state flag
Delaware flag colors - meaning
a sheaf of wheat: was adapted from the Sussex County seal and signifies the agricultural vitality of Delaware.
an ear of corn: is taken from the Kent County seal and also symbolizes the agricultural basis of Delaware's economy.
an ox standing on grass : represents the importance of animal husbandry to Delaware's economy.
blue water : stands for the Delaware River, the main stay of the state's commerce and transportation
sailing ship : represents New Castle County's ship building industry and Delaware's extensive coastal commerce.
The farmer with the hoe : represents the central role of farming to the state.
a militiaman with his musket: recognizes the crucial role of the citizen-soldier to the maintenance of American liberties.
Liberty and Independence: recognizes Delaware's motto, derived from the Order of Cincinnati.
December 7, 1787: represents the day on which Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, thus becoming the first state of the United States
History of Delaware flag
The colors of the flag honors colors of the military uniform of General George Washington (blue and buff) and his Continental Army that defeated British to win freedom for America. The current flag was adopted on July 24, 1913.
Delaware flag history