At a time when American flags are flying everywhere across the land, we proudly present our readers ideas for new flags to honor their home states. These are the winning entries in our "Its a Grand New Flag" contest from the July/August 2001 issue. Wed like to thank everyone who entered our flag contest. We received more than 80 creative entries coast to coast, but have space to feature just a few.
MINNESOTA Marcel Stratton (Photo of a flag flying at Strattons home.)
Under the North Star, the curved stripes represent a waving flag, blue for the sky, white for the landscape in winter and green for the summer.
NEVADA John C. Karp, Jr.
The mountain honors "Nevada" which is Spanish for "snowcapped". This Silver States official colors are silver for mineral wealth and blue for clear lakes and western skies.
UTAH Jim Hayes
White is for the Great Basin Desert, green for the alpine forests, and red for red rock country. The state bird is the seagull and the stripes represent the Beehive State; seven stripes honor the six native tribes of Utahs land plus one for immigrant settlers.
NEW YORK Scott Lyon
The regal purple honors the Empire State. Mountains are for the Adriondacks and the general skyline for the urban areas (the mountains remain huge in contrast to represent that even the greatest acheivements of the people are dwarfed by the greatest feats of nature). The rising sun pictures the Statue of Liberty's face and the 11 stars signify New York's entrance into the union as the 11th state.