Showing Pride for Your State

The Lone Star Flag, which was reportedly created by Dr. Charles B. Stewart in Montgomery County, was officially adopted as the Texas State Flag on January 25, 1839, after having been introduced to the Republic of Texas' Congress by Senator W. H. Wharton on December 28, 1838. Every time you look at this flag, you cannot help but marvel at the pride Dr. Stewart must have felt in the State of Texas as he created this seemingly simple, yet so very meaningful design.

To many proud Texans, each point of the star on the Texas State Flag has its own special, though unofficial meaning. As Adina Emilia de Zavala (1861-1955), the author, historian, teacher and campaigner for preservation of great Texas history, described it so very aptly, each point stands for one of the five most important characteristics an outstanding citizen of Texas should have: fortitude, loyalty and righteousness, prudence and last, but by no means least, broad-mindedness. Adina assisted with the efforts responsible for the Alamo Long Barrack Fortress being saved for generations to come

After its statute was repealed under the 1879 Revised Civil Statutes, the Texas Flag Code, passed in 1933 to reinstate the Lone Star Flag as the official Texas State Flag, clearly states when and how to fly the State Flag proudly, how to treat it when it happens not to be in use and how to retire it when time has taken its toll on the material it is made from.

Whenever and wherever you fly Texas State Flags, in fact, whenever you deal with them in any way, you need to do so with the appropriate respect and reverence for what they represent; for those who came before you and made the State what it is today and for those who still fight today to preserve our freedom, spirit of independence and way of life as citizens of Texas and the United States of America.

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