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Flag of Ohio

The flag of Ohio was adopted in 1902 and designed by John Eisemann. The large blue triangle represents Ohio's hills and valleys, and the stripes represent roads and waterways. The seventeen stars symbolize that Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the union. The white circle with its red center not only represents the first letter of the state name, but also its nickname, "the Buckeye State."


It is the only American state flag that is non-rectangular, and one of only two non-rectangular official jurisdictional flags in the world - see flag of Nepal.


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O HI' O Defined - Ohio's Flag (315 words)
In 2002, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the Ohio flag, the Ohio General Assembly adopted a pledge to the Ohio flag for the first time in state history.
Ohio’s official flag was adopted by an act of the Ohio Legislature on May 9, 1902.
Eisenmann explained the Ohio flag’s symbolism most aptly: “The triangles formed by the main lines of the flag represent the hills and valleys as typified in the State Seal, and the stripes the roads and waterways.
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