Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer

The Flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky state flag

The Kentucky flag was adopted in 1918 and consists of the Seal of the Commonwealth, encircled by a wreath of goldenrod, on a field of navy blue. The staff holding the flag should have a Kentucky cardinal in an alert, but restful, pose at its head.

The first Kentucky flags were designed and made by Jessie Cox, a Frankfort art teacher. The official drawings of the flag are kept by the Secretary of State.

A pledge of allegiance to the state flag was adopted in 2000: "I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High."

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