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Flag of Iowa
The flag of the state of Iowa is a vertical tricolor of blue, white, and red, reflecting Iowa's history as part of the French Louisiana Territory. Because of the wider middle stripe and symmetric design, the design is sometimes classified as a "Canadian pale". The image of a bald eagle with a long ribbon reading "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain", taken from the Seal of Iowa, is centered in the middle white stripe. The word "Iowa" is placed directly below it in red, serifed majuscules.
The flag was adopted in 1921; it was first approved in May 1917, by the Iowa State Council for Defense. It was designed in 1917, by Knoxville, Iowa, resident Mrs. Dixie Cornell Gebhardt, of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Iowa.
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A Few Flag Facts Worth Unfurling
The Iowa flag dates back to 1917. When Iowa National Guardsmen were stationed along the Mexican border during World War I, they noted units from other states carried flags. The Iowans felt they should have one as well to identify their origin. When Gov. William L. Harding learned of this, he immediately set about getting one produced by starting a design contest of sorts. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) came through with an attractive design and presented it to the governor. Harding heartily endorsed it, and flags were presented to each outgoing regiment as well as those already in the field.
The goal of the design was to embrace Iowa's unique history, yet do it so simply that even schoolchildren could recognize the symbolism, colors and art.
Blue on the left represents loyalty, justice and truth...white in the center represents purity and symbolizes the unwritten page of history at the state's beginning when Native Americans lived on Iowa's prairies...and red stands for courage. The eagle carries in its beak a streamer bearing the state motto: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain."
During WWI 10% of flag sales were donated to the American Red Cross for war relief.
[June/July 2013, Our Iowa Magazine; forwarded by Ann]
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