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Flag of Louisiana 1912.svg.png|Flag used from 1912 to 2006
 
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800px-Flag of Louisiana 2006.svg.png|Interim flag used from 2006 to 2010
 
800px-Flag of Louisiana 2006.svg.png|Interim flag used from 2006 to 2010
louisiana1.png|Louisiana State Flag Proposal by NATHANIEL TANG on 13 JUNE 2015 at 05:40 UTC . Flag based on old New France regimental flags of the Royal French Army, defaced with arms with the pelican in her piety heraldic charge
 
 
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Revision as of 05:40, June 13, 2015

The flag of Louisiana consists of a heraldic charge called a "pelican in her piety," representing a mother pelican wounding her breast to feed her young from the blood. This symbol, emblematic of Christian charity, is also found on the state seal. On the flag it is depicted above a ribbon with the state motto: "Union, Justice, and Confidence". The current flag was adopted in 2006, revising the original pelican design of 1912.

During the 19th century it was traditional in Louisiana flags and the state seal for the "pelican in her piety" to have three drops of blood on her chest. However, in later years the tradition (on both the state flag and seal) had been haphazardly followed, which was noticed by an eighth-grader at Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma who brought this to the attention of his state legislator. The issue was resolved in April 2006, when the Louisiana State Legislature passed a bill (House Bill 833/Act 92) which requires three drops of blood to be depicted on the pelican used in both the state's flag and seal. The new state flag, featuring a new design, was recently unveiled during swearing-in ceremonies of new state officials.

Historical Flags

Proposals for a New Flag of Louisiana

Shown below are various flag designs that have been proposed for Louisiana.

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