Iowa - State Flag - For Outdoor Use
We have this Iowan state flag available in two materials, so, no matter what the weather conditions are in your area, we've got you covered! The standard finishing for outdoor use is with heading and grommets.
- 100% Made in the USA - This means that our flags are manufactured and assembled here in the USA, with materials made in the USA. Made in the USA has been our guiding principle since Flags USA was established in 1987.
- Heading and Grommet Style - This flag has a sturdy duck cloth heading and two #2 solid brass grommets.
- Choice of Nylon or Polyester Material - We offer this flag in two materials. The nylon version is available in more sizes than the polyester version, however. (See below for help deciding which material you should choose.)
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Iowa - Flag Facts
Iowa was admitted as a State of the Union on December 28, 1846 but it wasn’t until 1921 that a state flag was adopted by the Legislature. Particularly because of the recent end to the Civil War, Iowans thought that the United States Flag was the only flag needed to represent the United States.
At the beginning of World War I, Iowa National Guardsmen who were stationed along the Mexican border noticed that units from other states possessed banners identifying where they were from. Governor William Harding became aware that the Guardsmen would like a banner identifying them from Iowa, but realized that Iowa did not have a state banner. Several designs were submitted for consideration, and May 19, 1917 Governor Harding and the State Council on Defense chose the design submitted by Mrs. Dixie Gephardt of the DAR of Des Moines to be the Iowa Regimental Flag.
Mrs. Gephardt wrote that "Iowa's banner should embrace the history of its domain from the time of its occupation by the Indians, to discovery by the French and purchase from Napoleon by Jefferson, to its admission into the Union, down to the present time. All this should be represented in a design so simple that school children and adults can recognize its symbolism and know that it meant Iowa."
The flag consists of three vertical stripes, blue, white and red.
- White was chosen for purity and to symbolize the unwritten page of history at the state's beginning, when the first Native Americans lived on Iowa's prairies.
- Blue represents loyalty, justice, and truth.
- Red represents courage.
The eagle (also on Iowa’s state seal) is displayed on the white center stripe of the flag.
- The eagle carries in its beak blue streamers with the state motto, "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain” in white letters.
- "IOWA" is printed in red letters below the eagle.