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The Washington State Flag

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Admitted to the Union on November 11, 1889, Washington was a little slow about officially adopting a state flag specification. But, once the territory became a part of the United States, there seems to have been little doubt that a state flag would honor George Washington in some way.

At the beginning of the 20th century, many towns and cities throughout the state informally adopted a military flag that displayed a gold profile of our first President on blue bunting. Other flags in use simply centered the state seal on a field of purple or green similar to the current design.

When an official Washington State Flag was finally adopted on May 5, 1923, over thirty years after Washington became a state, the legislature described the flag as

Originally, the law allowed that the flag to might be edged with either gold or green fringe. This was changed in 1925 to specify a gold or yellow color of "the same shade as the seal."

The specifications for the flag were amended in 2005 to reflect "textile industry standards." Today's specification calls for Cable Color (Textile) Spanish Yellow 80068 or Pantone PMS DS-5-4 for both the state seal gold and the gold fringe, if any.

The Washington State Flag is the only state flag with a green field and it's the only state flag that displays an image of an actual person. It's a fitting representation of the Evergreen State, the only state to be named to honor a United States president.

Washington Flag Law

The following information was excerpted from the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Title 1, Chapter 20.


Source: Washington State Legislature, Revised Code of Washington (RCW), (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/), January 30, 2008.
Source: Flags of the Fifty States and Their Incredible Histories: The Complete Guide to America's Most Powerful Symbols by Randy Howe. The Lyons Press; First edition edition (November 1, 2002).
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001).
Source: State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971).


Additional Information

Washington (U.S.): FOTW "Flags of the World" Web Site.

State Flags: Complete list of state flags with links to large pictures and images suitable for coloring.

Flag Terminology: The parts of a flag and terms associated with its design.

Visit Our Flag Shop: Purchase all kinds of flags and banners, lapel pins, 50 state flag sets, decals, patches, college banners at the Flag Shop.

Purchase Washington State Flags: You may purchase quality state flags from the United States Flag Store.

Flags of the Fifty States and their Incredible Histories: A complete guide to America's most powerful symbols by Randy Howe.

How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States: This book, by Rita D. Haban, is geared toward younger readers.

 
 
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