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About the New York State Flag
The New York state flag is a modern version of a Revolutionary War Flag. The state coat of arms depicted on the flag was adopted in 1778.
The state flag features the Great Seal of the State of New York centered on a blue background. The center of the seal is a shield upon which the sun rises behind Mount Beacon on the Hudson River. In the foreground two ships sail the Hudson. The full sun was intended to symbolize the name and idea of Old York and the old world; the mountains, river and meadow, with the ships, convey the name and idea of New York in the new world.
Above the shield sits a globe upon which an American eagle stands with wings spread. The eagle faces to the right, considered a good omen. The globe is faced to depict the Atlantic Ocean with the shores of Europe and North America both visible, further symbolism of the old and new worlds.
The shield is supported by two figures. On the right side, Liberty is clothed in our national colors of red and blue. In her right hand she holds a staff topped with a gold Phrygian cap. Her left arm rests on the shield. She holds her foot on the overthrown English crown, illustrative of New York's regard for Justice and Liberty, and its disdain for monarchy.
On the left side of the shield, The figure of Justice is clothed in natural colors; her hair hangs loose and is decorated with pearls. She wears a blindfold to illustrate the unbiased nature of justice. She is ready to fight tyranny with a gold handled sword, held aloft in her left hand which is resting on the shield. With her right arm she holds scales before her.
Below the shield and its supporting figures is a white banner bearing the state motto, Excelsior, meaning "Ever upward."
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