History of the Ohio Flag

Did you know Ohio is the only state to have a non-rectangular flag? As the 17th state of the United States, Ohio was added to the United States of America in 1803, this buck-eye state flag looks a little like Old Glory, but lets dive in to this great state a little more!

At first when you look at the flag you can truly see some resemblances to the American flag. It has red and white stripes and a blue background with stars. It took almost a century for Ohio to have a legal flag. In 1901, John Eisenmann design the “swallowtail” style flag that is generally known as a ‘cavalry-guidon’. In 1902 the flag as approved to the Ohio’s stat Flag.

The three red and two white horizontal stripes that represent the roads and waterways of the state. The blue section of the flag represents the state hills and valley. If you look closely, you will notice the 17 stars on the flag, the stars on the left side represents the 13 original colonies, and the other four stars represents the newly formed states. The “O” on the blue field represents the “O” in “Ohio” and suggests the state’s nickname, the buckeye state.

On the Ohio Flag’s 100th year anniversary, the Ohio General Assembly adopted a salute to the flag. This salute would be said after the pledge of allegiance. As mention earlier, the Ohio Flag is shaped differently; due to the strange design this flag has a special way of being folded. The folding process was developed by a Boy Scout member named Alex Weinstock. The folding of the Ohio Flag requires two people to fold it and unfold it.

Whether you are a buck eye fan or just a curious US history fan, you can always treasure the United States history about the states and the development of this great country.

Flag Ettiquette

If you’ll be handling the U.S. flag during a prestigious ceremony soon or want to display the flag at your place of business, there are a few things you should know when it comes to etiquette.

When you display the flag on a flagstaff, it should be in clear view from sunrise to sunset and the flagstaff should be stationary. If you want to be especially patriotic during a national holiday, you can display the flag 24 hours a day, as long as the flag is illuminated well. If the flag is display on a lanyard or single staff, the U.S. flag should fly higher than the other flags. On special days, the flag is flown half-staff, and on Memorial Day, the flag is flown half-staff until 12 p.m., and then it is raised to its normal position.

If you’re using the U.S. flag during a parade and there are other flags, the U.S. flag should be to the left of the observers. When using the flag on a podium, the flag should always be to the right of the speaker or main stage area. If there are other flags displayed, they should be on the left. When carrying the flag during a parade, be sure not to let it touch the ground.

Finally, don’t forget to keep these rules of etiquette in mind when saluting the flag. All individuals in uniform, including firefighters and police, should exhibit the military salute. Members of the military and veterans who aren’t in uniform can also salute the flag military-style. Civilians should face the flag, standing at attention, with their right hands over their hearts. Individuals who are wearing a hat or headdress should remove it with the right hand, so that the item falls over the left shoulder while the right hand is on the heart.