Flag of Rhode Island
|Design||Gold anchor, surrounded by 13 gold stars, on a field of white. A blue ribbon below the anchor contains the text "hope". |
The present flag of the state of Rhode Island was formally adopted in 1897. As early as the 1640s, the anchor and "hope" were found on the Rhode Island Seal, and the seal's words and emblems were likely inspired by the biblical phrase "hope we have as an anchor of the soul," found in Hebrews, Verse 6:18-19. Rhode Island's earliest colonists were fleeing religious persecution in Massachusetts due to their Christian beliefs. 
The gold anchor in the center is a symbol for hope. The thirteen gold stars stand for the original 13 colonies and Rhode Island's status as the 13th state to ratify the Constitution.