The state flag of Michigan is a field of blue with the state coat of arms at its center. At the top of the coat of arms is a bald eagle holding an olive branch and arrows. An elk and a moose support a shield displaying a man standing on a grassy peninsula. The following mottos appear on the coat of arms: E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One), Tuebor (I Will Defend) and Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You).
Michigan state flag
Michigan flag colors - meaning
bald eagle: represents strength of the union (bald eagle is the national bird of USA)
elk and moose: represents Michigan's forests and fauna
lake and peninsula: represents Great Lakes and Michigan state
a man holding a long gun with a raised hand : represents Michigan's desire for peace and the ability to defend state and the nation since Michigan is a frontier state
History of Michigan flag
The present flag — Michigan’s third since becoming a state in 1837 — was adopted in 1911. The state’s first flag featured a portrait of Michigan’s first governor, Stevens T. Mason (affectionately called “Boy Governor” as he got elected at age 23), on one side. On the other side was the state coat of arms and “a soldier and a lady.” In 1865, the state flag changed to display the state coat of arms on one side and the United States coat of arms on the other side.
Michigan flag history