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US-connjd.png|Connecticut state flag proposal by James Dignan, September 2014, based on the arms of the Say and Sele family
 
US-connjd.png|Connecticut state flag proposal by James Dignan, September 2014, based on the arms of the Say and Sele family
 
conneticut3.png|Green star stands for the charter Oak. The purple for the vines. The blue for the Ocean. The 5 stripes for the order of admission. The white for the constitution. Design by Rotten Ali.
 
conneticut3.png|Green star stands for the charter Oak. The purple for the vines. The blue for the Ocean. The 5 stripes for the order of admission. The white for the constitution. Design by Rotten Ali.
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Connecticut (Modified version of a design by Ben Karnell).png|Connecticut flag proposed by Ken Morton - This id my tweak of an excellent design by Ben Karnell. Mr. Karnell's substitution of the "Charter Oak" for grapes/grape vines as the state's representational symbol is a welcome design improvement.
 
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Revision as of 20:32, April 29, 2018

The flag of the state of Connecticut consists of a white baroque shield with three grapevines (each bearing three bunches of purple grapes) on a field of azure blue. The banner below the shield reads "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" ("He who transplanted still sustains"), the state's motto.

The Connecticut General Assembly approved the flag in 1897 after it was introduced by Governor Owen Vincent Coffin in 1895.

The design comes from the seal of Saybrook Colony when it was established in 1639. That seal depicted 15 grapevines and a hand in the upper left corner with a scroll reading "Sustinet qui transtulit". When Connecticut Colony bought Saybrook in 1644, the seal transferred to Connecticut Colony. On October 25, 1711, the governor and legislature changed the seal. They reduced the number of grapevines from 15 to three, in order to represent the three oldest settlements (Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford) (or possibly the three separate settlements, Connecticut Colony, Saybrook Colony, and New Haven Colony, which had been absorbed into Connecticut by that time) and rearranged the wording and position of the motto.

Proposals for a New Flag of Connecticut

Shown below are various designs for a proposed new flag of Connecticut.

Most common symbolism

Connecticut quarter, reverse side, 1999

Connecticut state quarter

Besides the grapevines from the state seal, the most common symbol is the Charter Oak. According to tradition, Connecticuters hid their colony's charter inside a giant oak tree in Hartford to prevent its falling into the hands of Sir Edmund Andros, who had been sent by King James II to impose stronger royal control. The oak became a symbol of Connecticut's independence. It is the dominant symbol on its state quarter.

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