Flag of Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Flag

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Flag of Oklahoma

Flag of Oklahoma; photo by Les Stockton on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Flag of Oklahoma

The current state flag of Oklahoma, designed by Louise Fluke, was adopted in 1925 (Oklahoma had 13 previous flags). The blue field signifies devotion, the shield is a symbol of defensive or protective warfare, but always surmounted by the olive branch and peace pipe which betoken the love of peace by a united people. Description of the flag from official statutes:

SECTION 1. AMENDATORY  25 O.S. 2001, Section 91, is amended to read as follows:

A. The banner, or flag, of the design prescribed by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 25, Third Legislature of the State of Oklahoma shall be, and it hereby is superseded and replaced by one of the following design, to wit:

A sky blue field with a circular rawhide shield of an American Indian Warrior, decorated with six painted crosses* on the face thereof, the lower half of the shield to be fringed with seven pendant eagle feathers and superimposed upon the face of the shield a calumet or peace pipe, crossed at right angles by an olive branch, as illustrated by the design accompanying this resolution, and underneath said shield or design in white letters shall be placed the word "Oklahoma", and the same is hereby adopted as the official flag and banner of the State of Oklahoma.

B. The standard design and colors in the state flag shall be as follows:

1. The Osage Indian warrior’s circular rawhide shield of amber buckskin is center upon a field of French Blue. On the face of the shield shall be six small gold brown crosses that match the thongs lacing the edge of the shield. The vertical bar of each cross shall be twenty-five percent (25%) longer than the horizontal bar, the lower width line of which shall be placed at the fifty percent (50%) mark of the vertical bar and the top width line shall be placed at the top twenty-five percent (25%) mark of the vertical bar. The width of the horizontal bar shall be seventy-five percent (75%) of the vertical bar;

2. The edge of the lower half of the shield shall be fringed with seven pendant eagle feathers of white tipped with gold brown;

3. Across the face of the shield at right angle shall be a calumet or Indian pipe of peace, which shall have a ruby red bowl, flesh stem and be decorated with a ruby red tassel at the end. Above the calumet, lying at a right angle shall be an olive branch of Dartmouth green; and

4. The name Oklahoma in white letters shall appear under the shield on the face of the flag.

C. The standard colors used in production of the state flag shall be:

1. Pantone Matching System, Pantone Inc., latest edition:

a. field: French Blue PMS 285c,
b. shield: amber PMS 465c,
c. feathers shading: flesh and gold brown combination PMS 486c and PMS 174c,
d. crosses and thongs: gold brown PMS 174c, and
e. calumet: stem of pipe flesh PMS 486c, body of pipe and tassel ruby red PMS 195c, and olive branch Dartmouth green PMS 554c; and

2. Colors shall be colorfast and shall not bleed one into another.

SECTION 2.  NEW LAW      A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 91a of Title 25, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:

It shall be the duty of all state agencies and boards of education of this state to display the state flag with the standard design and colors as specified in Section 91 of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

SECTION 3.  This act shall become effective November 1, 2006."

*Crosses are the Native American symbol for stars.

Official Salute to the Oklahoma State Flag

"I salute the flag of the State of Oklahoma. Its symbols of peace unite all people."

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Images

State flag of Oklahoma (public domain image on Wikipedia).

State flag of Oklahoma