State flag of Kentucky
|Adopted||March 26, 1918|
|Designer||Jesse Cox Burgess|
The flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky consists of the Commonwealth's seal on a navy blue field, surrounded by the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" above and sprigs of goldenrod, the state flower, below.
Kentucky state flag
Kentucky flag symbolism
The seal depicts a frontiersman in buckskins (representing Kentucky's country inhabitants) embracing and a gentleman/statesman in formal frock coat/suit (representing Kentucky's city inhabitants) Popular myth about the two people on Kentucky flag is that the buckskin-clad man is Daniel Boone, Kentucky's most famous frontiersman, and the man in the suit is Henry Clay, Kentucky's most famous statesman. The state motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall", is taken from the lyrics of "The Liberty Song", a patriotic song from the American Revolution.
History of Kentucky flag
Before the Revolutionary War, Great Britain's Flag, the Union Jack, flew over the land that is called Kentucky now. In 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Kentucky joined the Commonwealth of Virginia as a county and flew the Flag of Virginia. After Kentucky joined the Union in 1792 as a state, it adopted the 15-star flag of the Union. The current flag was adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly on March 26, 1918. The flag was designed by Jesse Cox Burgess, an art teacher from Frankfort, the state capital.
Kentucky flag history
Kentucky Flag Pledge of Allegiance
In 2000, the General Assembly of Kentucky adopted the Pledge of Allegiance to State Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High."
Kentucky Flag proportion
The proportion (width to length) of Kentucky State Flag is 10:19. The dimensions of the flag may vary, but the length shall be one and nine-tenths (1 9/10) times the width and the diameter of the seal and encirclement shall be approximately two-thirds (2/3) the width of the flag.
Kentucky State Flag etiquette
The official state flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall be of navy blue silk, nylon, wool or cotton bunting, or some other suitable material, with the seal of the Commonwealth encircled by a wreath, the lower half of which shall be goldenrod in bloom and the upper half the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky," embroidered, printed, painted, or stamped on the center thereof. The emblem at the head of a flagstaff used to display the flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall be the Kentucky cardinal in an alert but restful pose, cast in bronze, brass, or other suitable material.