State flag of Maine
|Adopted||June 16, 1909|
The state flag of Maine features the state coat of arms centered on a dark blue field. The coat of arms features a shield at the center with a moose resting in front of a pine tree, surrounded by woods and water. The shield is supported by a farmer with a scythe and a sailor with an anchor. Above the shield is the state motto "Dirigo" (Latin for 'I lead'), and the North Star. Below the shield is a banner that reads "MAINE".
Maine state flag
Maine flag colors - meaning
Moose: represents rich wildlife of Maine and the abundance of Moose (state animal) in the state
pine tree: symbolizes the importance of Pine trees for the state's economy and shipbuilding industry.
woods and water: symbolizes Maine's natural resources
The farmer with a scythe : represents the central role of farming to the state.
sailor with an anchor: recognizes the crucial role of maritime commerce in the state economy
North Star: recognizes Maine's position as the northernmost state in the contiguous US (Maine was the northernmost state in the United States when the flag was adopted and until Alaska joined the union in 1949)
Dirigo: is the state motto (Dirigo is Latin for 'I lead') and represents state's reputation as a bellweather (Maine used to hold elections in September, ahead of all other states, and hence gained reputation as a 'bellweather')
History of Maine flag
Maine was a district of Massachusetts until 1820. Maine is one of only two states with its own naval ensign (the other is Massachusetts). The naval flag of Maine features a green pine tree on a white background.
Maine flag history