The flag of Missouri – the symbol of one of the 50 US states.
Missouri’s flag consists of red, white and blue stripes, symbolizing the French heritage. Each stripe represents quality: red is for bravery, white is for purity, and blue is for justice. The state seal is placed in the middle of the flag. It is surrounded by 24 stars, symbolizing Missouri became the 24 the state to join the USA in 1821. Two bears are in a seal, representing a courage and strength. The ribbon below the bears consists of an inscription in the Latin language, “Salus populi suprema lex esto” meaning “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.” The state motto, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” surrounds the seal. There is the US coat of arms and a bear on the right side of a shield, and a crescent moon on the left side. The helmet placed above the shield symbolizes sovereignty of Missouri state. The difficulties Missouri had while becoming a part of the USA, such as a huge division of population, are depicted by the cloud above the stars.
The flag was officially authorized in 1913. It was developed and designed by Marie Elizabeth Oliver.
Capital city:Jefferson City
Total area:180,540 km2
Formation:10. 8. 1821