The Iowa state flag honors the “Hawkeye state’s” origins as a portion of the French Louisiana Territory. A vertical tricolor banner of blue, white and red, the Iowa flag intentionally resembles the national flag of France. For Iowans, the colors take on additional significance with the larger white pane denoting purity or the blank pages of the Iowa’s history yet to be written. The blue symbolizes justice, liberty and truth while red represents for courage. The eagle in the middle of the flag carries a streamer in its beak with the words “Our liberties we praise, and Our Rights we will Protect,’ the Iowa state motto. The Iowa flag was designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt and adopted in 1921.