Alabama State Flag 3x5 Poly-Max

Alabama State Flag 3x5 Poly-Max
Item# 22197
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Product Description

Recognized as the most durable of all flag fabrics, our Poly-Max™ State Flags are skillfully crafted of 2-ply 100% polyester bunting. Its open weave construction reduces wind resistance, therefore lessening abrasion and increasing flag life. Resists wear to wind, dirt and moisture and is ideal for heavy use.

History and symbolism of the Alabama State Flag

The official Alabama state flag is crimson cross on a white rectangular background. It's called the Crimson Cross of St. Andrew's. Patterned on the Confederate Battle Flag, it was adopted in 1895. The background can be a square or any other rectangle. The Acts of Alabama states the crimson bars displayed on the flag must be six inches wide and extend across it diagonally. The diagonal cross is known as saltire in vexillology. Some hold the flag of Alabama was inspired by the St. Andrews Flag of Scotland because in earlier times 1/3 of the population of the Southeastern United States was of Scottish ancestry.

Up until the 1800s, the Spanish Cross of Burgundy was used in southern Alabama. In western Alabama the French royal standard was used until the 1800s. Some say the saltire on Alabama's flag is based on the saltire of Florida's flag because southern Alabama was originally part of Spanish Florida. According to Alabama's legislation, officially Alabama's flag is a St. Andrew's cross and represents the cross St. Andrew was crucified on. Some historians believe the flag drew inspiration from one Company F of the 7th Alabama Cavalry led by Colonel Edmund Rucker used during the Civil War.

The Stainless Banner was one of the flags of the confederacy. It was white with a Confederate Cross in its upper-left hand corner. The flag of Alabama's white background is believed to have based on this banner. In 1987 Alabama Attorney General Don Siegelman's office agreed. The flag of Alabama is the only state flag which can be displayed as a square. The Alabama legislature authorized this in 1895. The flag of Alabama is almost identical to the flag of Saint Patrick which is incorporated in the United Kingdom's Union Flag leading some to believe they're related.

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