North Carolina Flag
State flag of North Carolina
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North Carolina flag
The state flag of North Carolina consists of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter "N" in gilt on the left and the letter "C" in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one third the width of said union. The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars, the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one half more than its width. Above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semicircular form, containing in black letters the inscription "MAY 20th 1775" and below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription: "APRIL 12th 1776".
North Carolina state flag
North Carolina flag colors - meaning
letters 'N' 'C' and the star: represents North Carolina
MAY 20 1775: represents the traditional date of the reputed, but unverified, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
APRIL 12 1776: honors the Halifax Resolves, when North Carolina officially called for independence from Great Britain.
History of North Carolina flag
In Colonial North Carolina, the flag most often seen would have been that of the colony’s mother country, England, and later Great Britain. North Carolina did not officially have a state flag until the constitutional convention of 1861. On May 20, 1861, a state convention met in Raleigh and passed a resolution calling for North Carolina to leave the Union. That same day Colonel John D. Whitford, a convention member from Craven County, introduced an ordinance proposing a state flag. The ordinance was referred to a committee, which consulted William Garl Browne, a Raleigh artist. Browne submitted a model that was different from what the ordinance requested, but the state convention approved the flag on June 22, 1861.
North Carolina flag (1861-1885)
The committee adopted a flag that would “consist of a red field with a white star in centre, and with the inscription, above the star, in a semi-circular form, of ‘MAY 20, 1775,’ and below the star, in a semi-circular form, of ‘MAY 20, 1861.’” There were also to be “two bars of equal width, and the length of the field shall be equal to the bar, the width of the field being equal to both bars; the first bar shall be blue, and the second shall be white, and the length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width.” The 1775 date came from the traditional date of the reputed, but unverified, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The second date commemorated the day that North Carolina seceded from the Union. The flag flew over North Carolina until 1885.
The new design consisted of a blue union containing a white star in the center with a gilt N on the left and gilt C on the right, with scrolls above and below documenting, once again, the date of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (MAY 20, 1775), and changed the second date to APRIL 12, 1776 in honor of the Halifax Resolves, when North Carolina officially called for independence from Great Britain.
North Carolina flag (1885-Present)
Salute to the flag of North Carolina
I salute the flag of North Carolina and pledge to the Old North State love, loyalty, and faith