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Flag of Connecticut


Flag of Connecticut

State of Connecticut
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 3:4
Adopted September 9, 1897
Design White shield with three grapevines on a field of azure blue.

The flag of the state of Connecticut is a white baroque shield with three grapevines, each bearing three bunches of purple grapes on a field of azure blue. The banner below the shield reads "Qui Transtulit Sustinet", Latin for "He who transplanted still sustains"), Connecticut's state motto. The flag dimensions are 5.5 feet (1.7 m) in length and 4.33 feet (1.32 m) in width.[1]


  • History 1
  • Flying the flag at half mast 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Connecticut General Assembly approved the flag in 1897 after it was introduced by Governor Owen Vincent Coffin in 1895.[1]

The design comes from the seal of Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford)[2] (or possibly the three separate settlements, Connecticut Colony, Saybrook Colony, and New Haven Colony, which had been absorbed into Connecticut by that time) and rearranged the wording and position of the motto.

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags. The survey ranked the Connecticut flag 50th out of 72.[3]

Flying the flag at half mast

The flag is traditionally at half mast when the American flag is flown at half mast, which may be ordered by the President or by the Governor.[4] According to 2007-R-0624, only the governor of Connecticut may decide to fly the state flag at half mast, though the right is a power of office and not a law. Typically this is done upon the death of a Connecticut resident in the armed forces,[5] but has been done in the past for the funerals of past state governors, state representatives,[6] or for an event considered tragic for the state.

See also


  1. ^ a b "The State Flag". Department of Information Technology, State of Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Virtual Tour of the Connecticut Supreme Court Courtroom - text only". State of Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ "2001 State/Provincial Flag Survey". North American Vexillological Association / Association nord-américaine de vexillologie ( 2001-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Displaying the US and State Flag at Half Staff in Connecticut and Other States". State of Connecticut. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  6. ^ Executive Office of Governor John G. Rowland. "Governor Rowland: Governor Rowland Orders Flags Flown Half Staff in Honor of M. Adela Eads". State of Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 

External links

  • History of the Connecticut flag
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