State flag of Pennsylvania
|Adopted||April 29, 1900|
|Usage||State flag &|
The state flag of Pennsylvania consists of a blue field on which the state coat of arms is embroidered. The Pennsylvania coat of arms features a shield upon which are emblazoned a sailing ship, a plough, and three sheaves of wheat. To the left of the shield is a stalk of Indian corn; to the right, an olive branch. The shield is crested by an American bald eagle, flanked by two horses on either side. The state motto, "Virtue, Liberty and Independence", appears festooned below.
Pennsylvania state flag
Pennsylvania flag colors - meaning
bald eagle: represents the United States and loyalty of Pennsylvania to the union. It stands for strength and sovereignty
the ship: represents Pennsylvania's commerce
plough: symbolizes Pennsylvania's agriculture and rich natural resources
three golden sheaves of wheat: represent fertile fields and Pennsylvania's wealth of human thought and action
olive branch: symbolizes peace
cornstalk: represents prosperity
the two horses: symbolize Pennsylvania's agriculture and rich natural resources
History of Pennsylvania flag
The first State Flag bearing the State Coat of Arms was authorized by the General Assembly in 1799. During the Civil War, many Pennsylvania regiments carried flags modeled after the U.S. Flag, but substituted Pennsylvania's Coat of Arms for the field of stars. An act of the General Assembly of June 13, 1907, standardized the flag and required that the blue field match the blue of Old Glory.