New Hampshire State Flag

Although in use since 1784, the New Hampshire state flag was officially adopted in 1909. Prior to that, several regimental flags represented the state. The flag features the State Seal set against a deep blue background. The seal is surrounded by a wreath of yellow laurel leaves, an ancient symbol of fame, honor and victory, interspersed with nine stars, signifying that New Hampshire was the ninth state to join the Union.

Pictured on the seal is the frigate USS Raleigh, built in 1776 as one of the first 13 warships to fight the British during the Revolutionary War. Since New Hampshire is nicknamed “the Granite State”, the Raleigh is shown sailing near a large gray granite boulder. The frigate, pictured in front of the rising sun, is also shown flying a U.S. flag and is encircled by the words “Seal of the State of New Hampshire” and the date “1776”.

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