Maine State Flag History

Oct 8th, 2016

Maine was the 23rd state admitted to the Union on March 15, 1820. An act to establish a state flag was passed by the legislature in 1901. No action was taken on that bill until 1909, when the first official state flag was adopted. There have been no amendments to the flag since that time.


Maine State Flag


The official flag has a field of blue with the state coat of arms featured in the center. The shield within the coat of arms contains a pine tree with a moose resting under it by the edge of the sea. A farmer is pictured on the left and a seaman on the right. Above the shield is the North Star and the words Dirigo, meaning “I lead”. Under the shield is a ribbon that contains the word “Maine”.


The objects on the flag have meaning:


·         Moose: represents the state animal and Maine’s rich wildlife.

·         Pine Tree: the shipbuilding industry in the state and its importance in that endeavor.

·         Water: The state’s natural resources.

·         Farmer: Represents farming and its crucial role in the state.

·         Seaman: Represents maritime commerce and its importance to the state.

·         North Star: When the flag was adopted, it was the northernmost state in the Union. Alaska now holds that status.

·         Dirigo: The state motto.


Maine state flags vary in color, depending on the manufacturer, with the exception of the blue field. The flag statute specified that it was to be the same color as the blue on the United States national flag.


The North American Vexillological Association, in its 2001 survey, ranked Maine’s state flag 60th out of 72 flags. It was ranked the 13th worst flag. Canadian provincial and U.S. state and territory flags were included in the survey.


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