Arkansas, flag of

Arkansas, flag of

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      U.S. state flag consisting of a red field (background) bearing a blue-and-white design. In the centre is a white diamond with four blue stars and the name of the state also in blue; surrounding the diamond is a blue band with 25 white stars.

      In 1911 the Arkansas legislature failed to approve a flag proposal made by the Federation of Women's Clubs, but two years later the Arkansas secretary of state set up a committee to select an appropriate state flag. Among the 65 submissions to the committee, a flag designed by Willie Hocker, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was approved. The legislature voted in 1913 to accept the flag, a copy of which was presented to the battleship USS Arkansas.

      The three stars originally appearing in the centre recalled that Arkansas was the third state created from the Louisiana Territory (Louisiana Purchase) and that it had been ruled by three different countries (France, Spain, and the United States). The flag was modified in 1923 by the addition of a fourth star to stand for the Confederate States of America, and the final form was approved on April 10, 1924. The basic design and colours suggest the Battle Flag of the Confederacy. The diamond shape of the central emblem symbolizes the state's diamond production, and the 25 stars on the diamond border indicate that Arkansas was the 25th state to join the Union.

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