Michigan

The Great Lakes State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue Field

  • State coat of arms

  • Red ribbon “E  Pluribus Unum” (From many, one)

  • Elk

  • Moose 

  • Bald Eagle

  • Shield

  • “Tuebor” (I will defend)

  • Man with raised hand holding long gun

  • Sun rising over lake 

  • White ribbon “Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice” (state motto meaning If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)

The flag of Mighican was adapted August 1, 1911.

The Indiana flag was ranked 59th in the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags.

Keep it simple: This is a complicated coat of arms. There are many parts to it and many details.

Use meaningful symbolism: The elk and moose represent the wildlife of the state. The eagle represents the United States. The scene in the shield is symbolic of the fight to be a state. 

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

No lettering or seals: There is a coat of arms on this flag and lots of wording.

Be distinctive or be related: This is one of 27 state flags with a blue background and one of 30 with a seal or coat of arms.

The Redesign

 Keep it simple: In the center of the flag is a green circle with two stars. Outside the circle we have five  white points spreading off the flag.

Use meaningful symbolism: The five white points are symbolic of the five great lakes. The circle is green to symbolize the states abundant nature. The two stars are united in a white band symbolizing that even though the state is divided in two, it is unified. 

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

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.