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General background about the Ohio Flag

Ohio Flag     Ohio Great Seal



Ohio's Burgee-shaped swallowtail flag has three red and two white horizontal stripes. The vertical edge-to-edge union consists of seventeen white five-pointed stars on a blue triangular field. The stars are grouped around a red disc superimposed upon a white circular "O". The thirteen stars grouped around the "O" represent the original states of the U.S. and the four stars added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the seventeenth state admitted to the union. The “O” represents the “O” in “Ohio” and suggests the state’s nickname, the buckeye state.

  • MOTTO: "With God All Things Are Possible"
  • ENTERED UNION: Mar. 1, 1803
  • FLAG ADOPTED May 9, 1902
  • COMMENTS: The swallowtail-flag of Ohio is the only non-rectangular state flag of all the 50 states. Some people improperly call it a pennant, more appropriately, it's design is associated with the Martime 'Burgee' family of flag shapes.


Only one of the fifty state flags is not a rectangle. Only one can lay claim to being totally different in shape and design from all the other flags. This flag belongs to Ohio. Like several other state flags, Ohio's features the colors red, white, and blue. Three red stripes and two white stripes are located to the right of the blue triangular field and culminate in the two points of the swallowtail. The blue field is an acknowledgement of Ohio's hills and valleys, while the red and white stripes symbolize the state's roads and waterways.


Ohio Flag
State Flag, Ohio




  • The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
  • Ohio has the largest Amish-Mennonite community in the world. The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center is located in Berlin, near New Philadelphia.
  • Marietta, Ohio's first permanent European settlement, was named for the French Queen Marie Antoinette.
  • Twinsburg, located just south of Cleveland, has been hosting the Twin Days Festival every August since 1967. It is attended by more than 3,000 sets of twins from around the world.
  • Cincinnati established the first ambulance service in 1865.
  • Established in 1833, the first interracial and coeducational college in the U.S. was Oberlin College.


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