WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR MINNESOTA FLAG?

With all of the summer parades, and the July 4th holiday right around the corner, I started thinking about flags; Specifically, our Minnesota state flag. We've all seen it, but if you took a close look, could you describe the details of our Minnesota state flag? I found out some very interesting things about our flag.

THE MINNESOTA FLAG

  • Our Minnesota state flag was adopted in the year 1957.
  • You've probably noticed that our flag is the color royal blue; but did you notice that his has gold fringe?
  • In the center of our flag is the state seal. Around the state seal is a wreath of our state flower, the pink and white Lady Slipper. If you look closely at the wreath, you'll notice that 3 dates have been woven in the wreath; 1858, which is the year Minnesota became a state; 1819, the year that Fort Snelling was established, and the year 1893, the year that they OFFICIAL state flag was adopted. Also, there are 19 stars that ring the wreath, which symbolize the fact that Minnesota was the 19th state to enter the union after the original 13.
  • The largest star outlining the wreath represents the North Star and Minnesota.

THE CENTER SEAL

Inside the center seal, you'll see a picture of a farmer plowing a field, and an Indian riding a horse.  There is a red banner with yellow lettering which has our state motto, "l'etoile du nord"  meaning "Star of the North."

You'll also see the word Minnesota appearing on the bottom of the white band surrounding the seal.