3 Tennessee Flag Facts You Should Know
The Tennessee Wood Flag is now available from Patriot Wood. This wooden replica of Tennessee’s state flag incorporates Patriot Wood’s signature raised elements: the central symbol has been given a 3d-look that adds depth to this piece of wall art.
Let’s take a closer look at the Tennessee flag: learn what the blue bar means, what each star symbolizes, and what most people get wrong about it!
THREE TENNESSEE FLAG FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
That’s right: the blue bar is purely decorative. While most flag components act as symbols, the blue bar on Tennessee’s flag is just there for looks. Colonel LeRoy Reeves, designer of Tennessee’s flag, had this to say when asked about the blue bar:
“The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp.”
While you don’t have to worry about the Wood Tennessee Flag from Patriot Wood hanging limp, you’ll still find the blue bar: it’s an important part of the flag’s design.
The recognizable circle of stars on Tennessee’s flag does hold clear symbolism. The three white stars against a blue disk in the middle of the flag stand for Tennessee’s three regions: East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee. Defined by state law, these regions hold legal significance and each approximate about a third of the state.
East Tennessee is located within the Appalachian Mountains. The most densely populated of the three regions, it’s the home to Knoxville and Chattanooga, two of Tennessee’s largest cities. East Tennessee is also often called the birthplace of country music.
Middle Tennessee is known for its hills and fertile ground. The state’s capital, Nashville, is located in this region. If you’re looking for an education, you can find an institution here: Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee Tech, and Tennessee State Universities are all found in Middle Tennessee.
West Tennessee is the least populous and smallest of Tennessee’s three regions. This region was Chickasaw territory until it came under American control in 1818, in an event known as the Jackson Purchase—named for Andrew Jackson, one of the core officials involved.
It’s difficult to know which side of the flag goes up and which side goes down if you don’t know what to look for. This has made it difficult for people to figure out which way to fly Tennessee’s flag since its adoption. Even the U.S. Postal Service has had trouble—in 1976, they released a stamp with the three-star emblem upside down.
So, how do you know what way to fly Tennessee’s flag? Well, you have to avoid the urge to orient it in a way that makes a triangle, with one star on top and two stars on the bottom. If it looks like the top star is pointing toward the top of the flag pole, you’ve got it wrong.
To get it right, imagine putting two stars over one and then rotating them clockwise just a hair.
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