"State Flag" Louisiana Favorite Tip by grandmaR

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  Flag on a flagpole and from a state site
by grandmaR

Favorite thing: When I saw the state flag at the Longfellow/Evangeline State Park, I thought at first it was a trefoil. Then I saw that it was really a pelican. I tried to take a photo, but it was either not windy at all or it was so windy that the flag was whipping around.

At first, I thought it was very clever of them to have this symbol of their state bird, the Brown Pelican which also resembled the fleur de lis which I associated with French nobility, although of course it is also a symbol of scouts.

But that isn't it at all. The flag has a blue background (symbolizing truth) with a white (not the brown one that is the state symbol) pelican mother feeding her three chicks in a nest (the pelican is an old symbol of protection - an old legend tells of a mother pelican tearing flesh from herself to feed her young; this pelican represents the state protecting the people and their land).

Louisiana's official flag was adopted in 1912, one hundred years after Louisiana became a state. The ribbon reads "Union, Justice, and Confidence."

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  • Written Dec 21, 2004
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