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About the New Mexico State Flag
New Mexico claims perhaps the most unique flag among the fifty states. It is the only state flag with a yellow field. And although it is one of America' newest state flags, it features a symbol much older than our country.
In 1920, the New Mexico Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, dissatisfied with the current state flag, advocated the adoption of a flag that better represented their state's unique character. Hoping to remedy the situation, the DAR held a contest for a new flag design in 1923. The winner was noted Santa Fe physician and archeologist Dr. Harry Mera. His wife Reba made the winning design, a red Zia symbol on a field of yellow. Two years later, Governor Arthur T. Hannett's signature made the the new flag official.
The Meras based their design on a sun symbol seen on a 19th century clay pot found at New Mexico's Zia Pueblo. On the state flag, the emblem is meant to represent "perfect friendship among united cultures." The Zia has even deeper meaning to the native people who created it.
Four was a sacred number to the Zia people of ancient New Mexico. They lived their lives by the sun; four periods of the day (sunrise, noon, evening, night), four seasons of the year, four seasons of life - childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age. In addition, the Zia believed that all people have four sacred obligations: to develop and maintain strength of body, clarity of mind, and purity of spirit, and to devote oneself to the welfare the people. The central circle of the Zia represents the unbreakable circle of life, without beginning or end.
The red and yellow colors chosen by the Meras are those of Isabel of Castilla, the colors the Spanish Conquistadors carried to the region on their quest for the seven cities of Cibola.
The New Mexico flag also has its very own salute, in two languages: "I salute the flag of the State of Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures." Spanish - "Saludo la bandera del estado de Nuevo Mexico, el simbolo Zia de amistad perfecta, entre culturas unidas." The words to the salute were composed by the ladies of the Portales Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
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