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Symbols of State

Symbols of State

What symbols do virtually all countries, along with most states and provinces, have? What’s the first kind of symbol you think of?

For me, the answer is “flag!” Most countries also have official coats of arms, though the 50 U.S. states are represented primarily by seals.

National mottoes and national anthems are also common fixtures in the political arena. They have their counterparts in state mottoes and songs.

I loosely describe these seemingly essential trappings of statehood as symbols of state.

United States ˆ

Symbols of State

Each of the 50 U.S. states is represented by a flag and a circular seal. Some also have coats of arms. In addition, every state has an official song except for Maryland and New Jersey. (Maryland’s Civil War-era song was recently repealed after it was criticized as racist by people who ignore the slave owner on Washington State’s flag.)

Below are links to the symbols of state pages for each of the 50 states.

Alabama Illinois Montana Rhode Island
Alaska Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Arizona Iowa Nevada South Dakota
Arkansas Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee
California Kentucky New Jersey Texas
Colorado Louisiana New Mexico Utah
Connecticut Maine New York Vermont
Delaware Maryland North Carolina Virginia
District of Columbia Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii Mississippi Oregon Wyoming
Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania  
Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Delaware Mississippi South Dakota
District of Columbia Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
Alabama Montana
Alaska Nebraska
Arizona Nevada
Arkansas New Hampshire
California New Jersey
Colorado New Mexico
Connecticut New York
Delaware North Carolina
District of Columbia North Dakota
Florida Ohio
Georgia Oklahoma
Hawaii Oregon
Idaho Pennsylvania
Illinois Rhode Island
Indiana South Carolina
Iowa South Dakota
Kansas Tennessee
Kentucky Texas
Louisiana Utah
Maine Vermont
Maryland Virginia
Massachusetts Washington
Michigan West Virginia
Minnesota Wisconsin
Mississippi Wyoming
Missouri  
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