Flag of Maine
Name: Maine State Flag
Use: Civil and state flag
Adopted: June 16, 1909; 109 years ago
The flag of the State of Maine features the state coat of arms on a blue field. In the center of the shield, a moose rests under a tall pine tree. A farmer and seaman represent the traditional reliance on agriculture and the sea by the state. The North Star represents the state motto: dirigo" ("I Lead").
The design commonly used omits the circular ring prescribed by Maine Law as a part of the Maine Arms and moves the "Sea and Forest Scene" from the outside of the shield to the inside of the shield. There are no known flags of the State that conform to the official description.
There are no official colors for [content delated] coat of arms, so variations in coloration can be seen in flags from different manufacturers. The blue field, however, is specified to be the same blue as in the flag of the United States. According to the official description, the flag should have a fringe of yellow silk and should have a blue and white silk cord attached at the spearhead. These embellishments are very rarely observed.
The law establishing the flag was enacted on February 23, 1707, and was modeled after flags used in the Civil War:
§206. State flag. The flag to be known as the official flag of the State shall be of blue, of the same color as the blue field in the flag of the United States, and of the following dimensions and designs; to wit, the length or height of the staff to be 9 feet, including brass spearhead and ferrule; the fly of said flag to be 15 feet 6 inches, and to be 14 feet 42 inches on the staff; in the center of the flag there shall be embroidered in silk on both sides of the flag the coat of arms of the State, in proportionate size; the edges to be trimmed with knotted fringe of yellow silk, 2 1/2 inches wide; a cord, with tassels, to be attached to the staff at the spearhead, to be 8 feet 6 inches long and composed of white and blue silk strands. A flag made in accordance with the description given in this section shall be kept in the office of the Adjutant General as a model.”
Maine is one of 26 US states that use a blue flag with the State Arms or Seal on them.
The North American Vexillological Association conducted a survey in 2001 that ranked Maine's current flag as one of the worst in design. Amongst the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags, Maine's flag ranked 60th (13th worst). NAVA criticized the unoriginality of "[state] seal on blue bed-sheet" design, which is currently used by over half of the flags of U.S. states.
|State of Maine|
"The Pine Tree State"
(Latin for "I lead", "I guide", or "I direct")
|State song(s): "State of Maine Song"|
|Largest metro||Greater Portland|
|• Total||35,385 sq mi
|• Width||205 miles (330 km)|
|• Length||320 miles (515 km)|
|• % water||13.5|
|• Latitude||42° 58′ N to 47° 28′ N|
|• Longitude||66° 57′ W to 71° 5′ W|
|• Total||1,338,404 (2018)|
|• Density||43.8/sq mi (16.9/km2)
|• Median household income||$56,277 (32nd)|
|• Highest point||Mount Katahdin
5,270 ft (1606.4 m)
|• Mean||600 ft (180 m)|
|• Lowest point||Atlantic Ocean
|Before statehood||District of Maine (Massachusetts)|
|Admitted to the Union||March 15, 1820 (23rd)|
|Governor||Janet Mills (D)|
|President of the Senate||Troy Jackson (D)|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Susan Collins (R)
Angus King (I)
|U.S. House delegation||1. Chellie Pingree (D)
2. Jared Golden (D) (list)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC −5/−4|