The Only Non-Rectangular State Flag

Not only is the state flag of Ohio special because the shapes and colors resemble that of the American flag, but Ohio possesses the only U.S. state flag that is non-rectangular. It is also only one of two non-rectangular jurisdictional flags at the state level or above in the world (the other being Nepal). The shape of the Ohio state flag resembles a pennant, but the official term is a “burgee”.

The flag has a large blue triangle that represents Ohio’s hills and valleys. There are also five stripes that represent the five states which comprise the Northwest Territory. The 17 stars in the blue triangle symbolize Ohio being the 17th state admitted to the Union. Finally, the red “O” with the white circle represents the first letter of the state.

 

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