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About the Missouri State Flag
Missouri's state flag is the creation of Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Watkins, wife of former Missouri State Senator R. B. Oliver. It consists of three horizontal stripes of red, white and blue with Missouri's coat of arms in the center of the flag. The red stripe symbolizes valor, the white, purity, and the blue, vigilance and justice. The coat of arms is encircled by a glue band containing 24 stars, representing Missouri's status as the 24th state admitted to the Union.
The Missouri state seal featured on the flag was designed by Missouri Congressman Judge Robert William Wells, and was adopted by the Missouri General Assembly on January 11, 1822. The central circle of the seal is divided vertically into two halves. On the right appear the symbols of the United States. The eagle clutches arrows and olive branches in its talons, signifying that the power of war and the power of peace belong to the US federal government. The left-hand side of the circle contains the symbolism of the state of Missouri. A grizzly bear represents strength and bravery. The silver crescent moon is emblematic of Missouri at the time of the state seal's creation: a state of small population and wealth with the potential to grow like the new crescent moon. The crescent is also emblematic of the "second son," meaning that Missouri was the second state created from the Louisiana Territory.
Surrounding this inner circle are the words, "United we stand, divided we fall." The motto indicates the advantage of Missouri's status as a member of the United States of America. The two grizzly bears supporting the shield on either side symbolize the state's strength and the bravery of its citizens. The bears stand atop a yellow scroll inscribed with the state's motto Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esta, meaning Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law." Below this scroll the Roman numerals for 1820 indicate the year Missouri began functioning as a state, although it was not admitted to the Union until the following year.
Above the shield a yellow helmet represents state sovereignty. Above the helmet on a blue field are 24 white stars, the largest and most central of which represents Missouri, the 24th state admitted to the Union. The 24 white stars in the blue band surrounding the seal further indicate Missouri's status as our 24th state.
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