Texas Flag History
Adopted: January 25, 1839 (by the Republic of Texas)
Texas Flag Readopted: August 31, 1933 (De facto use 1879–1933)
Texas Flag Design: 1/3 of the hoist is blue containing a single centered white star. The remaining field is divided horizontally into a white and red bar.
Designed by Peter Krag
Design of the Lone Star Flag
The Consultation, meeting in November 1835, avoided an outright declaration of independence for Texas, choosing instead to support the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and demanding separate statehood for Texas within the Mexican Confederation. The delegates approved an interim "Organic Law" setting up a provisional government and chose three commissioners to go to the United States to plead their cause, gain financial support, prepare military units, fit out ships, and generally solicit the U.S. government's recognition for the proposed Texian government.
The commissioners, Stephen F. Austin, William H. Wharton, and Branch T. Archer, soon realized that their cause would be considerably strengthened by an outright declaration of independence from Mexico. Their flag designs submitted to the revolutionary government reflect a strong commitment to a country tied to Anglo-American tradition, with a nod to Mexican ties in the red, white, and green colors of the second design.
Blue and white Texas flag design
Texas Flag Design Submitted to the Texas Government Handwriting of Stephen F. Austin
The idea for an independent flag - The shape of the English Jack in the corner indicates the origin of the North American people. The stripes indicate the immediate descent of most Texians. H[torn] Texas-the tricolor is Mexican.
Red, white, and green Texas flag design
Texas Flag Design Submitted to the Texas Government Handwriting of Stephen F. Austin
Mottos in the center:
"Where Liberty dwells there is my country."
"WASHINGTON-In his example there is safety"
In place of the star, but the sun with the head of Washington in the center, and rays, representing the light of liberty, radiating all round-outside of this and above, but the motto "Where Liberty dwells there is my country"---change the stripes from green to blue & have exactly thirteen of them [text scribbled over]-the stripes will then be blue and white-change the ground of the Jack in the corner from white to yellow, or leave it white.
Flag Design Submitted to the Texas Government Handwriting of Stephen F. Austin, B.T. Archer, and William Wharton
Either will do, either will make a handsome Texas Jack, which old grand Father John Bull need not be ashamed, or unwilling to acknowledge.
This flag is approved by is and we recommend its adoption
I object much to the hackneyed quotation "Where liberty dwells there is my country. Its frequent use by schoolboys as a motto & by Volunteer companies in their banners have rendered it stale & fulsome. Virgil from whom it is taken expresses the sentiment antithetically. In the Latin language, it has many points & beauty. Ubi Libertas-Ibi Patria. If we are to have it all let us have it expressed in this way. But I should much prefer that the expression motto be discarded & that the words The light of liberty or the words Lux Libertatis if they are preferred to be substituted. The light of Liberty applies to the sun. Underneath Washington, I would have the words "In his example there is safety" With this alteration
I am much pleased with the banner
I'm. H. Wharton
I have no objection to the Motto Lux Libertatis or Light of Liberty-
Texas Flag and Seal Design by Peter Krag, approved January 25, 1839
This original color design sketch by Peter Krag shows the Texas flag and seal for the Republic of Texas. It was approved on January 25, 1839, and signed by Mirabeau Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas; John M. Hansford, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives; and David Burnet, President of the Texas Senate.
Detail of Texas Seal
Detail of signature, President Mirabeau Lamar
Detail of signatures, John M. Hansford and David Burnet
TEXAS FLAG DESCRIPTION
Sec. 3100.002. TEXAS FLAG DESCRIPTION: IN GENERAL. (a) The state flag is a rectangle that:
(1) has a width to length ratio of two to three; and
(A) one blue vertical stripe that has a width equal to one-third the length of the flag;
(B) two equal horizontal stripes, the upper stripe white, the lower stripe red, each having a length equal to two-thirds the length of the flag; and
(C) one white, regular five-pointed star:
(i) located in the center of the blue stripe;
(ii) oriented so that one point faces upward; and
(iii) sized so that the diameter of a circle passing through the five points of the star is equal to three-fourths the width of the blue stripe.
(b) The red and blue of the state flag are:
(1) the same colors used in the United States flag; and
(2) defined as numbers 193 (red) and 281 (dark blue) of the Pantone Matching System.
(c) The red, white, and blue of the state flag represent, respectively, bravery, purity, and loyalty.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Flag Protocol
The pledge of allegiance to the state flag is as follows:
"Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
The pledge was instituted by the Texas Legislature in 1933, and originally referred to as the "Texas flag of 1836" (which was the Burnet Flag, and not the Lone Star Flag then in use). In 1965, the error was corrected by deleting the words "of 1836." In 2007, the phrase "one state under God" was added. The addition of "under God" has been challenged in court, though an injunction was denied.
According to The Handbook of Texas Online, "In 1933 the legislature passed a law establishing rules for the proper display of the flag and providing for a pledge to the flag: "Honor the Texas Flag of 1836; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one and indivisible." The pledge erroneously referred to the 1836 national flag, known as David G. Burnet's flag, instead of the Lone Star Flag. Senator Searcy Bracewell introduced a bill to correct this error in 1951, but the legislature did not delete the words "of 1836" until 1965."
The pledge was again amended by House Bill 1034 during the 80th Legislature with the addition of "one state under God." The revised wording became effective on June 15, 2007.
NOT ALL TEXAS STATE FLAGS ARE THE SAME!
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Frequently Asked Questions
This is the most common question asked in the industry and the most difficult to answer. No two flags will wear the same due to weather conditions and how often the flag is flown. Our flags offer the best stitching and highest quality materials to get your flag off to a great start.
Do not hang a flag where the wind will whip it against rough surface, such as tree branches, wires or cables or the outside of your home or building. Inspect your flags regularly for signs of wear. Repair any minor rips or tears right away this can be mended easily with a sewing machine or sewing kit. Keep the surface of the pole free of dirt, rust or corrosion that could damage or stain your flag.
We recommend that you hand-wash your flag with mild soap, rinse thoroughly and air dry. You can also use a dry cleaning service.
Exposing your flag to rain, wind, snow or high winds will shorten the life of your flag considerably. If you leave your flag exposed to the elements, it will greatly reduce the life of your flag.
Yes, as long as your pole is large enough to support the weight of the flags. The USA Flag must always fly at the top. The flag underneath should be at least one foot lower and be one size smaller than the USA Flag. Flags of other countries are not to be flown beneath the USA Flag.
If your flag is significantly faded, torn or tattered it is time to retire your flag. Your flag should be retired privately in a dignified manner. In addition, many local community organizations have flag disposal centers that will dispose of your flag for you.
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