3 Interesting Maryland Flag Facts

by      October 26, 2014

MARYLAND WOOD FLAG: NOW AVAILABLE FROM PATRIOT WOOD

A wooden replica of Maryland’s state flag is now available from Patriot Wood. This state flag’s design is certainly memorable—head to PatriotWood.com to see details of this wood flag.

Knowing a flag’s story makes it more than just a piece of wall art—it becomes a piece of rich history as well. When you look into a flag’s story, you’ll find interesting facts and symbolism surrounding its design, creation, and the people it inspired. Let’s take a look at three interesting facts about Maryland’s flag. Learn how it brought people together after the Civil War, a unique flag guideline given by Maryland’s government, and more! 

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THREE INTERESTING MARYLAND FLAG FACTS

1.) THE MARYLAND FLAG IS THE ONLY STATE FLAG BASED ON ENGLISH HERALDRY.

Maryland’s flag contains the family crests of two families: the Calverts and the Crosslands. Maryland was founded as in English colony by Cecil Calvert, also known as Lord Baltimore. The gold and black design is his family’s coat of arms. His mother’s family was the Crosslands, and the red and white design is their coat of arms.

2.) MARYLAND IS THE ONLY STATE TO HAVE A SPECIFIC GUIDELINE FOR WHAT THE FLAGPOLE SHOULD LOOK LIKE.

Maryland doesn’t just include guidelines for what the state flag should look like—they also set guidelines for what the flagpole should look like. If one is to place an ornament atop a flagpole carrying Maryland’s flag, that ornament must be a gold cross bottony.

3.) MARYLAND’S FLAG WAS A SYMBOL OF UNITY AND RECONCILIATION AFTER THE CIVIL WAR.

During the Civil War, the citizens of Maryland were torn between support for the Confederates and the Union. Confederates began using the red and white Crossland colors colors to identify themselves, and Union supporters used the yellow and black Calvert colors. After the war, a new flag design emerged—one that incorporated both. Today we know that version as the flag of Maryland.

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