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Oregon (U.S.)

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[Flag of Oregon (front)] by Mario Fabretto, 24 February 1998
Front (obverse)

[Flag of Oregon (back)] by Mark Sensen
Back (reverse)

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In 1859, a star was added, representing Oregon, bringing the total number of stars on the U.S. flag to 33. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.

Flag Description

The flag of Oregon was adopted in 1925.
Its colors are navy blue with gold lettering and symbol. A shield is a part of the state seal, surrounded by 33 stars and under the shield is written "1859" - the year Oregon was admitted to the union as the 33rd state. The flag's reverse side depicts a beaver.
Dov Gutterman, 9 October 1998

Legal Description

Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 186
186.010 State flag; official colors. (1) A state flag is adopted to be used on all occasions when the state is officially and publicly represented, with the privilege of use by all citizens upon such occasions as may be fitting and appropriate. It shall bear on one side on a navy blue field the state escutcheon in gold, supported by 33 gold stars and bearing above the escutcheon the words "State of Oregon" in gold and below the escutcheon the figures "1859" in gold, and on the other side on a navy blue field a representation of the beaver in gold.
Joe McMillan, 19 February 2000

State Seal

186.020 Description of state seal. The description of the seal of the State of Oregon shall be an escutcheon, supported by 33 stars, and divided by an ordinary, with the inscription, "The Union." In chief -- mountains, an elk with branching antlers, a wagon, the Pacific Ocean, on which there are a British man-of-war departing and an American steamer arriving. The second -- quartering with a sheaf, plow and a pickax. Crest -- The American eagle. Legend -- State of Oregon, 1859.
Joe McMillan, 19 February 2000

State Military Crest

by Joe McMillan, 21 April 2000

The state military crest, which is the crest used in the coats of arms of units of the National Guard, as granted by the precursor organizations of what is now the Army Institute of Heraldry. The official Institute of Heraldry blazon is "A demidisc bules charged with the setting sun with twelve light rays or, behind a beaver sejant proper."
Joe McMillan, 21 April 2000

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