Louisiana entered the Union in 1812 becoming the nations 18th state. Its current flag was adopted in 1912. The flag has a blue background and bears a mother pelican feeding and protecting her brood. This design shows the state’s role as the protector of its people and resources. The flag also shows the state motto: Union, Justice, and Confidence. The pelican is the adopted stated bird.
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