The Delaware state flag features the state’s coat of arms prominently in the center. The coat of arms featuring a shield with an ox, an ear of corn and wheat, which represent the state’s agriculture. There is a sailing ship above the shield represents the coastal commerce and the shipbuilding industry. There is a farmer and military man included in the design. The militiaman represents the importance of the military to maintaining the freedom of the nation, while the farmer symbolizes the role of farming within the state. The water in the design represents the Delaware River, which is important for commerce and transportation. The motto of “Liberty and Independence” is also incorporated in the design.
The main colors of Delaware’s flag are blue and buff, which were the colors of General George Washington’s uniform. The state’s coat of arms features a variety of colors including red, brown, blue, gold, green and white. At the bottom of the flag is the date December 7, 1787 written in white. This represents the day that Delaware ratified the Constitution.
The coat of arms that is used on the Delawarean flag was first adopted in 1777. A flag that is similar to the one that is used today was first flown during the Civil War. It was similar to the coat of arms and was on a blue background. It was not until July 24, 1913 when the design that is currently used today was adopted.
The official state colors, colonial blue and buff, make up the background of the state flag.