In the U.S., each state has its own particular state flag. State flags represent the history of each area and are often used in social studies classes to teach local history lessons. The U.S. is a republic, which means it is a conglomeration of many parts that work individually, as well as together as a whole. The national government attends to matters that affect the entire country, and the Constitution maintains that no state law can supercede a national law. However, states are given a great deal of power within their own borders and can make any law that doesn't clash with the national government. States are also important in terms of creating national policy, as a certain number of them are required to pass an amendment to the Constitution or to get someone elected president (through the state-based electoral college).
Florida's state flag is a good example of just how these flags symbolize an area's history. The flag includes the state's seal, which has a Seminole woman scattering flowers, a palmetto tree, a steamboat and a setting sun along a horizon. The flag itself is white with a diagonal red cross. Legend has it that the cross was put there by the governor in the 1890s so that it wouldn't look like a pure white truce flag.
State Flags and Other Types of Banners
Flags have an important place in human history. In addition to state flags, there are flags for:
- Military units
- Clubs and organizations
- Decoration and display
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