Iowa Flag History
Adopted: March 12, 1921
Iowa Flag Design: A vertical tricolor consisting of blue, white, red. The center stripe is twice the width of the other two and contains an eagle holding a ribbon.
Designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt
Iowa was almost 75 years old before the Iowa Flag was adopted by the Legislature. Creation of an Iowa state flag had been suggested for years by patriotic organizations, but no action was taken until World War I, when Iowa National Guardsmen stationed along the Mexican border suggested a state flag was needed. The Guardsmen said regiments from other states had flags and they felt one was needed to designate their unit. This prompted the state's Daughters of the American Revolution to design a flag in 1917. The Legislature officially adopted the design in 1921.
Iowans, with the memory of the Civil War still fresh in their minds, had not adopted a state flag because they felt a national flag was the only one needed. Approval of the flag was aided by patriotic organizations that launched a campaign to explain that a state flag was not meant to take the place of the national emblem.
The Iowa flag, designed by Mrs. Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville and a member of the D.A.R., consists of three vertical stripes of blue, white and red. Gebhardt explained that the blue stands for loyalty, justice, and truth; the white for purity; and the red for courage. On the white center stripe is an eagle carrying in its beak blue streamers inscribed with the state motto, "Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain." The word Iowa is in red letters just below the streamers.
All schools must fly the Iowa state flag on school days. The Iowa flag may be flown on the sites of public buildings. When displayed with the United States flag, the Iowa state flag must be flown below the national emblem.
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