Flag of Louisiana

State: Louisiana

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Louisiana Flag Description:
The flag of Louisiana consists of a blue base with a simplified version of the state seal in the center. The seal shows the eastern brown pelican, the state bird, sitting on a nest of three chicks with the state motto written on a ribbon underneath: Union, Justice and Confidence.

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Louisiana Flag Meaning:
The mother brown pelican is seen tearing at her breast with her beak. It is believed that when food was scarce a mother Pelican would tear off her own flesh to feed her babies rather than have them starve. The scene represents self-sacrifice.

Louisiana Flag History:
The basic design of the Louisiana flag originated in July 1912. The current flag dates from 1996. Louisiana is the 18th state of the union, gaining statehood on Apr. 30, 1812. The state seal was adopted in 1902.

Interesting Louisiana Facts:
Louisiana's state nickname is the Pelican State.

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