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The following information was excerpted from the Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 9.
TITLE 44. STATE GOVERNMENT.
CHAPTER 9. STATE SEAL, FLAG, AND EMBLEMS.
Sec. 44.09.020. State flag.
The design of the official flag is eight gold stars in a field of blue, so selected for its simplicity, its originality, and its symbolism. The blue, one of the national colors, typifies the evening sky, the blue of the sea and of mountain lakes, and of wild flowers that grow in Alaskan soil, the gold being significant of the wealth that lies hidden in Alaska's hills and streams.
The stars, seven of which form the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear, the most conspicuous constellation in the northern sky, contains the stars which form the "Dipper," including the "Pointers" which point toward the eighth star in the flag, Polaris, the North Star, the ever constant star for the mariner, the explorer, hunter, trapper, prospector, woodsman, and the surveyor. For Alaska the northernmost star in the galaxy of stars and which at some future time will take its place as the forty-ninth star in the national emblem.
The flag of the Territory of Alaska is the official flag of the state. The standard proportions and size graphically delineated herein shall be used in the manufacture of the official flag of Alaska. The stars shall be the color of natural yellow gold and the field of blue shall be of the same shade of blue used in the official manufacture of the national emblem of the United States. The design, standard proportions, and size are as follows:
Sec. 44.09.030. Display of flags.
(a) The official flag of the state shall be displayed with the flag of the United States only from sunrise to sunset, or between the hours designated by proper authority. However, the flag may be displayed after sunset upon special occasions when it is desired to produce a patriotic effect.
(b) The flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Alaska shall be displayed daily, weather permitting, in the following places:
Source: The Alaska Legislature, The Alaska Statutes 2006, June 30, 2007.
Adoption of Alaska's State Flag from NETSTATE.
Eight Stars of Gold: The Story of Alaska's Flag: Online exhibit created by the Alaska State Museum.
Benny's Flag by Phyllis Krasilovsky, Illustrations by Jim Fowler. Reading-level: Ages 9-12. Paperback: 32 pages. Roberts Rinehart Publishers (January 2003).
Alaska (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.
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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.