New York Flags
The New York State flag celebrates the spirit and freedom of the American Revolution while it also honors the industry and commerce of the Empire State. The New York flag consists of the state’s Coat of Arms centered on a blue field. The New York Coat of Arms displays a shield depicting the sun rising on a cloudless sky behind three mountains. A three-masted ship and a sloop sail on the Hudson River. The shield has two supporters, Liberty and Justice. Liberty’s foot treads upon a crown and signifies freedom from the British Monarchy. A blindfolded Justice stands opposite Liberty and symbolizes the impartiality needed to distribute both punishment and reward when required. Beneath the shield, a banner proclaims the New York state motto: “Excelsior”, which means to reach for a higher life.