Flag of Maine

Maine State Flag

Flag of Maine

The state flag of Maine was adopted in 1909. It displays Maine's coat-of-arms on a field of blue (the same shade of blue as the USA's star spangled banner). Above the coat of arms shines the North star* and Maine's motto: "Dirigo" (I Lead, or I Direct), below is the word MAINE in capital letters.

Maine's official state seal also displays the state's coat of arms. The farmer is a symbol of pride in Maine's agricultural roots. The sailor represents Maine's strong ties to the sea. Symbols of the natural richness of the state are pictured on the center shield - a pine tree, a moose (Maine's official state animal), sea, and sky.

*The North star (Polaris) also appears on the state flag of Alaska. Polaris is not merely a symbol of guidance - travellers have depended on it for many centuries to find their way (it always marks due north).

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Images

Maine coat of arms in stained glass at the Maine State Museum; photo by Marc Tomik on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Maine coat of arms in stained glass

Videos

Maine State Flag and State Song