The Michigan state flag identifies “The Wolverine State” as a land of peace connected by bodies of water. The flag depicts the Michigan Coat of Arms which honors the influence of Hudson’s Bay Company, one of the earliest fur trading companies in North America. The blue shield displays the sun rising over a lake and a peninsula. A man with a raised hand holds a long gun which signifies Michigan as a peaceful and welcoming land with the ability to defend itself. This image, coupled with the Latin saying that means “I will defend”, were of particular importance in 1835 as Michigan troops almost fought a battle against Ohio as tensions grew between the U.S. and British Canada. An eagle clutching both an arrow and an olive branch reinforce Michigan’s commitment to peace and its ability to defend itself.
History of the Michigan Flag
The third state flag is the current one, which was approved in 1911. The first flag had the state coat of arms on one side and a picture of Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason, on the other. Nobody is aware of any photos of the original flag, which has been utterly gone. The United States coat of arms was featured on one side of the second flag, which was adopted in 1865.
The current Michigan flag was ranked 59th out of 72 flags by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) in its 2001 study of American state, American territorial, and Canadian province flags. Just 3.46 points out of a possible 10 were averaged by the poll respondents.
A bill that would have established a flag commission to oversee a public design competition to replace the present state flag was introduced in the Michigan state senate by Michigan State Senator Steven Bieda in November 2016, but it was ultimately unsuccessful. However, if the law had been approved, a new state flag would have been introduced in January 2019 to replace the existing one.
The state's coat of arms has a blue shield with the rising sun over a lake and peninsula, a man holding up his hand in the name of peace, and a long gun in the name of the state's struggle for independence as a frontier state.
Elk and moose, which serve as supporters and are iconic to Michigan, are taken from the coat of arms of the Hudson's Bay Company. The American nation that created the state of Michigan from the Northwest Territory is symbolized by the bald eagle.
Three Latin maxims are displayed in the design. From top-to-bottom they are:
-The motto of the United States, "E Pluribus Unum," or "Out of many, one," is written on a crimson ribbon.
-"Tuebor" on the light blue shield signifies "I will protect."
-Si Quris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice, which translates to "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you," is written on a white ribbon (The official state motto).
Interesting Facts About the Michigan Flag
-The Michigan state flag's most recent iteration was formally approved in 1911. Legislators approved a bill designating the Michigan state flag on August 1 of that year. It stipulated that the state's coat of arms should be shown on a blue backdrop in the Michigan state flag.
-Many people are unaware that the Michigan state flag originally had two sides. The state's coat of arms could be seen on the front, while the first governor of Michigan's portrait could be seen on the back. The original version of this design wasn't changed until 1865. The second design, however, still had a two-sided structure. However, it had the United States coat of arms on the back rather than a picture of the state's first governor. The Michigan state flag's two-sided structure was removed in the third version.
-Elk and moose, two of Michigan's most prominent species, are depicted on the state flag. They form the foundation of Michigan's coat of arms. However, the bald eagle is also included on the flag due to its significance to the United States as a whole.
FAQ About the State of Michigan
What is Michigan famous for?
The state of Michigan is renowned for being the center of the automobile industry, for having stunning Great Lakes shorelines, and for having vibrant college towns. Additionally, the state is renowned for its agriculture, with some of the most well-liked fruits being cherries, apples, and blueberries.
What are people from Michigan called?
Unofficial slang terms for citizens and residents of the U.S. state of Michigan include "Michigander" and "Michiganian". Alternatives that are less frequent include Michigine, Michiganer, Michiganite, and Michiganese.
What is the climate like in Michigan?
The average daily maximum temperature in Michigan, one of the coldest places in the country, is only 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather is quite variable and has a wide range of seasons, including cold winters and hot summers. The time when the sun is truly visible is referred to as the number of hours of sunshine.
Our Michigan Flags are Made in the USA
At Carrot-Top Industries, we take great pride in offering Made in the USA goods like our American and Michigan flags. You can directly support the American economy and independence by buying products that are Made in the USA. Americans adore buying products that are Made in America, which is no surprise.
What Michigan State Flags We Offer
Here at Carrot-Top, we offer Michigan state flags for both outdoor and indoor use, as well as Michigan flag sets!
Outdoor Michigan flags are produced in a variety of sizes and two fabrics. With the best materials and craftsmanship, these adaptable and lovely flags let you show off your love and passion for the Wolverine State. All Carrot-Top flags have strong, vibrant colors and stronger lock stitching.
Indoor Michigan flags produce traditional and impressive displays for your house, place of business, church, or educational facility. The Michigan Coat of Arms is displayed in rich, striking colors on these lovely flags. Indoor flags are made of our special Beacon® Nylon and have exquisite gold fringe around the three other sides in addition to a lined pole sleeve along the left side.
The Michigan Flag Sets come with lovely flags, grand flagpoles, and chic pole finishes. Carrot-Top assists you in selecting the ideal appearance and arrangement for your room and preferences. Our flag sets offer impressive displays for companies, homes, schools, buildings, and churches that complement your current décor or let you rethink your sense of patriotism. Choose the best flag, flagpole, and (pole) finish for you.
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