Official Florida State Flag 1985 – Present
This particular Florida State Flag design was adopted by the Florida State Legislature on May 21st, 1985. The design consists of a red Saint Andrew’s Cross also referred to as a diagonal Cross or saltire against a pure white background with the Florida State Seal superimposed over the center of the saltire. The design dates back to the Spanish Cross of Burgundy Flag which was generally used in Spanish territories (including Florida) between 1513 and 1821. The red saltire with state seal design was first adopted by a public referendum in 1900, but the state seal was redesigned in 1985. So the argument could be made that this basic layout has been the design of Florida’s state flag since 1900. The 1985 version of the state seal depicts a shoreline with a Seminole woman laying flowers at the water’s edge. According to legend, the woman is intended to be the historical figure Milly Francis, but there is no documented proof of this. Two Sabal palms (which is Florida’s state tree) are in the background, while a steamboat is sailing just before the sun breaks the horizon. Rays of sunlight are shining up into the sky. The seal is encircled with the words “Great Seal of the State of Florida”, and “In God We Trust”, which is the state motto. The Florida Flag is also one of only three state flags that bear the words “In God We Trust”. The other two are the states of Georgia and Mississippi.
Nylon is a durable, lightweight material that will easily fly in a light breeze and features bright, rich colors. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag and the lettering reads correctly from one side only.
- Quality construction
- Bright colors
- One solid piece of fully printed, 150 denier nylon fabric
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Flag size: 3’x5′