The First State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Colonial blue field
  • Buff yellow diamond
  • State coat of arms
  • Shield
  • Ear of corn
  • Sheaf of wheat
  • Ox in grass
  • Sailing ship
  • Farmer
  • Soldier
  • “Liberty and Independence” (state motto)
  • “December 7, 1787

The Delaware state flag was adapted July 24, 1913.

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington deamed that the militia from Delaware fight under a flag colored colonial blue and buff yellow. These colors have continued to be used in the flag.

In their 2001 survey of 72 American and Canadian flags, the North American Vexillology Association rated this flag the 52nd best. 

Keep it simple: The details in the coat of arms are too complicated. Flags need to be simple as they are commonly seen from from a distance. When this flag is viewed from far away, the seal becomes confusing.

Use meaningful symbolism: The colors of the flag’s field are symbolic of Delaware in the Revolutionary War. The state coat of arms carries symbolism as well. The ship represents the state’s commerce and international trade. The farmer shows the state’s need for farming and the militia man shows the role citizens play in maintaining liberty. The wheat, corn, and ox in the shield symbolizes the agriculture of the state. 

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see fourteen colors being used.

No lettering or seals: As the flag uses both a coat of arms and lettering, it is obvious this rule isn’t followed. 

Be distinctive or be related: The coloring makes this flag distinct.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: This flag is simple and could easily be seen from a distance (as flags commonly are on poles).

Use meaningful symbolism: The redesign focuses on Delaware being the first state as shown in the single star. The coloring is colonial blue and buff yellow to represent the strong ties to the Revolutionary War.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used. I did update the blue to a modern colonial blue.

No lettering or seals: I have taken out the coat of arms and wording.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.