Oklahoma State Flag
What does the flag of Oklahoma look like? The Oklahoma state flag is blue with a traditional Osage Nation buffalo-skin shield in the center with seven eagle feathers attached to the bottom. Oklahoma's flag was officially adopted on April 2, 1925, and the current version was updated on November 1, 2006.
Meaning of the Flag
Oklahoma has a very unique state flag that depicts its heritage and traditions. The flag features a traditional Osage Nation shield of buffalo skin in the center. There are two symbols of peace overlapping the shield – a ceremonial pipe that is a symbol for the Native Americans, and the olive branch which is representative of the European Americans. There are six crossed on the shield. These are the Native Americans’ symbols for stars. The shield also features seven eagle feathers spaced across the bottom.
Colors of the Flag
The main color of the flag is blue, which makes up the background. This color was inspired by the flag of the Choctaw that was carried throughout the Civil War. The color blue is also a symbol for devotion. There are other colors used throughout the design of the flag. The text “Oklahoma” is written in white, while the symbol in the center uses colors including green, brown and white.
History of the Flag
Oklahoma’s first state flag was adopted in 1911. The flag featured a red field with a white star in the center. The white star was trimmed in blue and in the center, the number 46 was printed in blue. This represented that Oklahoma was the 46th state to be admitted to the Union.
In 1924, the Daughters of the American Revolution launched a design contest for a new state flag. Louise Fluke was chosen as the winner in 1925. This design was very similar to the design that is used today. The primary difference was that the word “Oklahoma” was not printed on the flag. This was later added in 1941.
The design from 1941 is the one that is still used today. However, some changes have been made throughout the years to correct the official design. Many unauthorized flags were found to have errors, including the wrong colors, stylized features, and crosses that were shaped incorrectly. It was in 2006 when a bill outlining the design of the flag’s colors and shapes was signed into law.
Oklahoma’s salute to the state flag was adopted in 1982.
The design today was first used in 1941. However, errors led to a standardized flag in 2006.