West Virginia was admitted to the Union as a Free State with the confirmation that in present state the servitude would be eliminated. President Lincoln endorsed the statehood bill for West Virginia on January 1, 1863. On April 20, 1863, West Virginia has declared a State, viable 60 days, after the fact on, June 20, 1863.
Around the coat of arms is a wreath of the big laurel (Rhododendron maximum), which was designated the state flower in 1903. The following year the big laurel was featured on the obverse side of a flag made to represent West Virginia at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held in St. Louis, Missouri.
The flag was white with a blue border, and the state coat of arms—part of the state seal designed by Joseph H.D. Debar and adopted in 1863—appeared on the reverse. The legislature recognized that flag on February 24, 1905, but on February 25, 1907, it switched the positions of the state arms (to the obverse) and flower (to the reverse) and added a scroll with the phrase “State of West Virginia” below the arms. The scroll was moved above the arms in 1929.
This flag was not an official representative of the State of West Virginia when it appeared at the exposition, but on February 24, 1905, the West Virginia Legislature made it so. Evidently, this design sparked some discontent and, two years, later on, February 25, 1907, changes were officially approved. The coat of arms was moved to the obverse side (front) of the flag and the big laurel was moved to the reverse side (back) of the flag.
Above the coat-of-arms is a ribbon lettered “State of West Virginia.” A wreath of the state flower, Rhododendron, is arranged appropriately around the lower part of the coat-of-arms. When used for parade purposes, the flag of West Virginia should be trimmed with gold-colored fringe on three sides. When used on ceremonial occasions along with the United States flag, the West Virginia flag should be trimmed and mounted like the United States flag with regard to the fringe, cord, tassels and mounting. West Virginia adopted its present state flag by Senate Joint Resolution Number 18, approved by the Legislature on March 7, 1929.
There is a barrage of cheap and inferior West Virginia flags being imported and sold, that do not comply with the flag statute. This is bad for a number of reasons. Imported flags are cheaply made and more importantly, the designs, materials, colors, and methods of printing do not compare well with the better quality, longer-lasting, and correctly designed flags made by American manufacturers. The Flag Company Inc specialized in flag designs offered a special edition of decals and flags to memorize the history of West Virginia flag for the future.
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