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The North Dakota Flag was adopted on 3rd March, 1911 by the state Legislative Assembly.
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History of North Dakota Flag

According to the history of the North Dakota Flag, a resolution for the adoption of the new North Dakota State Flag was introduced to the Assembly by Colonel John H. Fraine on 21st January, 1911.
The design of the North Dakota Flag was derived from the regimental flag belonging to the North Dakota Infantry. This North Dakota flag was used in 1898, at the time of the Spanish-American War and also during the Philippine Island Insurrection in 1899.

Symbolism of North Dakota Flag

The flag has a rich blue field with a bald eagle depicted in the center. There is a shield with 13 stripes on the eagles' breast to indicate that North Dakota is one of the first 13 colonies of the Union. The same connotation is implied by the 13 stars right above the bird. Above these stars is a fan-shaped pattern, which stands for the birth of the US.

The eagle clasps some arrows and an olive branch with 3 red berries in both its claws. These are symbols of war and peace respectively. Beneath the eagle is a beautifully designed red scroll that bears the name of the state, which is North Dakota. The bird is also holding in its beak a red ribbon, with the national motto etched on it. It reads "E Pluribus Unum", meaning "From many, one" and indicates that the Union came into being only with the merging of several states.

The description of the North Dakota Flag bears a resembles with the coat of arms of the US, which suggests the close attachment of the state to the Union.

Last Updated on: September 27th, 2017