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Flag of West Virginia

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Name: West Virginia
Use: Civil and state flag
Adopted: March 7, 1962; 57 years ago
Design: A pure white field bordered on four sides by a stripe of blue with the coat of arms of West Virginia in the center, wreathed by Rhododendron maximum and topped by an unfurled red ribbon reading “State of West Virginia.”
The flag of West Virginia is the official flag of the U.S. state of West Virginia and was officially adopted by the West Virginia Legislature on March 7, 1962. The present flag consists of a pure white field bordered by a blue stripe with the coat of arms of West Virginia in the center, wreathed by Rhododendron maximum and topped by an unfurled red ribbon reading "State of West Virginia."

The first flags to represent West Virginia following statehood were battle flags utilized by West Virginia regiments during the American Civil War. West Virginia's first official state flag was adopted in 1905, based upon the flag designed and used by the West Virginia State Commission at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. This flag was altered in 1907 for the Jamestown Exposition and featured the coat of arms on the obverse and a sprig of Rhododendron maximum on the reverse. In order to reproduce the flag more inexpensively, the West Virginia Legislature ratified the current flag with the state's coat of arms integrated with the rhododendron, which appears on both the obverse and the reverse. The "Pledge of Allegiance to the West Virginia State Flag" was unanimously adopted by the office of the Secretary of State of West Virginia in 1977.

State of West Virginia
Flag of West Virginia State seal of West Virginia
Flag Seal
Nickname(s):
Mountain State
Motto(s): Montani semper liberi
(English: Mountaineers Are Always Free)
State song(s): "4 songs"
Map of the United States with West Virginia highlighted
Official language De jure: English
Demonym West Virginian
Capital
(and largest city)
Charleston
Largest metro Greater Huntington
Area Ranked 41st
• Total 24,230 sq mi
(62,755 km2)
• Width 130 miles (210 km)
• Length 240 miles (385 km)
• % water 0.6
• Latitude 37° 12′ N to 40° 39′ N
• Longitude 77° 43′ W to 82° 39′ W
Population Ranked 38th
• Total 1,805,832 (2018)
• Density 77.1/sq mi (29.8/km2)
Ranked 29th
• Median household income $42,824 (48th)
Elevation
• Highest point Spruce Knob
4863 ft (1482 m)
• Mean 1,513 ft (461 m)
• Lowest point Potomac River at Virginia border
240 ft (73 m)
Before statehood Part of Virginia
Admitted to the Union June 20, 1863 (35th)
Governor Jim Justice (R)
Lieutenant Governor Mitch Carmichael (R)
Legislature West Virginia Legislature
• Upper house Senate
• Lower house House of Delegates
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D)
Shelley Moore Capito (R)
U.S. House delegation 1: David McKinley (R)
2: Alex Mooney (R)
3: Carol Miller (R) (list)
Time zone Eastern: UTC -5/-4
ISO 3166 US-WV
Abbreviations WV, W.Va.
Website wv.gov
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