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State of Arizona Flag Story
Arizona State Flag
Charles Wilfred Harris, Colonel in the Arizona
National Guard, served as the captain of the unit's rifle
team in 1910. During the rifle competition at Camp Perry, Ohio,
the Arizona team was the only team without an emblem of any kind. Colonel
Harris was chiefly responsible for the creation of the rifle team flag
that in 1917 became the Arizona State Flag.
Blue and gold are the colors of Arizona. Red and gold
are the colors carried by Coronado's
Expedition of 1540 to the Seven Cities of Cibola. The blue
is "liberty blue" identical to the color in the United States
flag field of stars. Since Arizona is a western state the rays
of the setting sun seemed appropriate. There are thirteen rays
representing the original "thirteen colonies." The
large copper star identifies Arizona as the largest producer of copper
in the United States.
On February 27, 1917, the legislature passed the bill to adopt this
flag as the official Arizona State Flag despite dissenting votes and Governor
refusal to affix his signature to the bill.
Source: "Arizona State Flag Story."
Teacher Resource Guide.
[Phoenix, AZ:] Arizona State Capitol Museum, 2003. p. 25.