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Flag of Michigan

The Michigan Flag was adopted officially on 1st August, 1911 after some alterations. The history of Michigan Flag bears witness to the other flags that functioned before the current Michigan Flag.
Michigan Flag

Flag of Michigan

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About Michigan Flag


The first flag bore the picture of Stevens T. Mason, the first governor of Michigan. This portrait was present on one side of the Michigan Flag, whereas the other side was emblazoned with the coat of arms. In 1865, instead of the governor's image was replaced by the United States coat of arms. The Michigan Flag description is quite interesting and it bears the state coat of arms on a blue field.

Symbolism of Michigan Flag

Featuring on the shield is a man, with a gun in one hand and the other raised in a manner of greeting. This action expresses the man's readiness to fight for and defend his state. The moose and the elk facing each other, on either sides of the shield, represent the fauna of Michigan. Below these 2 creatures is the state motto written on a white ribbon. It reads "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice", meaning "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you". The shield also bears the inscription, "TUEBOR", which means "I will defend". This is to imply the status of Michigan as frontier state. Th eagle perched on the shield is the national bird of the US, thus it symbolizes the final power and authority of the US over the state of Michigan. Above this is the motto of the nation, "E Pluribus Unum" or "From many, one", indicating that the Union was a product of the combination of numerous states. On the Michigan Flag, there are 3 arrows that stand for the preparedness of the country to defend and protect it. The olive branch bearing 13 olives are symbols for the 13 original colonies.

The various aspects of the Michigan Flag make it worthwhile to note facts associated with its history and meaning.

Last Updated Date: May 25, 2016




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