The Delaware state flag features a buff-colored diamond on a colonial blue background. The state coat of arms is placed inside the buff-colored diamond. The diamond shape reflects one of Delaware's nicknames, which is "The Diamond State." The nickname was given as a result of the state's immense contribution to leadership despite its small geographical size and position along the Atlantic Ocean. The flag also features the date December 17, 1787, which is when Delaware became the first state in the union to ratify the United States Constitution. For this reason, Delaware is given first position in national events such as presidential inaugurations.
History of the Flag
The Delaware state flag was adopted on July 24, 1913. During the initial adoption, the flag was omitted in the Delaware Code. However, the General Assembly of Delaware corrected the omission in June 1955.
Symbology of Colors and Features
The colonial blue field and a buff-colored diamond are a representation of the colors of the uniform worn by General George Washington and his continental army. Some regiments of the revolution wore blue coats with a buff trim. The army led by General George Washington defeated the British to win freedom for Americans.
The coat of arms inside the buff-colored diamond is a depiction of horizontal green, blue and white stripes, as well as an ear of corn, wheat, and an ox. These symbols represent the important role of agriculture in the state of Delaware. The wheat sheaf is adopted from the Sussex County seal, and signifies the state's vitality. The ear of corn is adopted from the Kent County soul and signifies the economic importance of agriculture. An ox standing on grass shows the economic significance of animal husbandry to the state of Delaware.
Above the shield is a sailing ship on blue waters, which is adopted from New Castle County’s shipbuilding industry. The sailing ship represents Delaware extensive coastal commerce, and the blue water signifies the Delaware River.
Supporting the shield are a soldier and farmer on the right and left, respectively. The soldier holds a musket while the farmer holds a hoe. The soldier represents the significance of soldiers in preserving American liberties. The farmer represents the crucial role of farming in Delaware's economy.
Below the shield is the state motto which reads "Liberty and Independence," which is derived from the Order of the Cincinnati.
When Was the Flag of Delaware Adopted?
The state flag of Delaware was adopted on July 24, 1913.
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