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The following information was excerpted from the Maryland Statutes, Title 13.
TITLE 13. EMBLEMS; COMMEMORATIVE DAYS; MANUAL.
Subtitle 2. Flags.
§ 13-201. Adoption of State flag.
The Maryland flag is the State flag.
[An. Code 1957, art. 41, § 72; 1984, ch. 284, § 1.]
§ 13-202. Description of State flag.
(a) In general.- The State flag is quartered.
(b) First and fourth quarters.- The 1st and 4th quarters are paly of 6 pieces, or and sable, a bend dexter counterchanged. Thus, the 1st and 4th quarters consist of 6 vertical bars alternately gold and black with a diagonal band on which the colors are reversed.
(c) Second and third quarters.- The 2nd and 3rd, quarterly, are argent and gules, a cross bottony countersigned. Thus, the 2nd and 3rd quarters are a quartered field of red and white, charged with a Greek cross, its arms terminating in trefoils, with the coloring transported, red being on the white ground and white on the red, and all being as represented upon the escutcheon of the State seal.
[An. Code 1957, art. 41, § 72; 1984, ch. 284, § 1; 1991, ch. 55, § 1.]
§ 13-203. Ornament.
Only a gold cross bottony may be used as an ornament on the top of a flagstaff that carries the State flag.
[An. Code 1957, art. 41, § 74; 1984, ch. 284, § 1.]
§ 13-204. Display on State House.
(a) In general.- The flag of the United States and the State flag shall be flown from the State House as provided in this section.
(b) Session.- When the General Assembly is in session, the flags shall be flown continuously.
(c) Interim.- When the General Assembly is not in session, the flags shall be flown:
(1) continuously on each day that the Governor designates as a public occasion; and
(2) on any other day when the weather permits, between sunrise and sunset.
(d) Arrangement.- The State flag shall be flown with the black stripe on the diagonal bands of the 1st quartering at the top of the flagstaff, as shown in the illustration of the State flag in "Chronicles of Colonial Maryland".
Source: Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Statutes, , August 13, 2007.
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