Hi Folks Patrick Page with Flag-Works over America here…In 1912, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) wanted to commemorate a new U.S. battleship, called the Arkansas, by presenting it with three flags – the U.S. flag, a naval battle flag, and the Arkansas state flag. But Arkansas didn’t have a flag yet. Through a design competition, Miss Willie Hocker became the Arkansas flag’s creator. Her original flag design showed only three stars, recalling that Arkansas was one of the three states formed from the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 from France. The state name, Arkansas, was added later, as was the upper blue star, which represents the Confederacy. The diamond shape acknowledges that Arkansas is home to the only known diamond mine in the United States. The 25 stars surrounding it symbolize that Arkansas was the 25th state. Arkansas State Flag Adopted: 1913
Hi Folks Patrick Page here with Flag-Works….
|Florida’s original state flag, in 1845, was only used once because it created a political commotion. The next Florida state flag, in 1861, was designed because Florida was preparing to secede from the Union and could no longer use the Union flag. The Florida state flag had three large stars on it, representing Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina, the three states that had seceded. Another Florida state flag was adopted soon after secession. But after the Civil War, a new Florida state flag was designed. It depicts the Florida state seal in the center of a white field. On the seal are symbols of Florida – the sun, a palm tree, a steamboat, and a Native American woman scattering flowers. The red cross of St. Andrew was added in 1900. Since then, the original cocoa tree became a cabbage palmetto. And the Native American’s dress was altered to show more accurately that she is of the Seminoles, a Native American tribe that has long lived in Florida. Florida State Flag Adopted: 1900