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Flag of Tennessee

Tennessee
Ratio 3:5
Adoption 1905
Design A blue circle with three white five-pointed stars on a rectangular field of red, with a strip of white and blue on the fly. [0]
Colors
#CC0000
#FFFFFF
#002D65

History

The flag was designed by Colonel LeRoy Reeves of the Tennessee National Guard, a Johnson City attorney who was serving in the Tennessee National Guard in 1905 when he created the new flag design.

The Tennessee State Legislature officially adopted the flag on April 17, 1905. [0]

Meaning

The three stars represent the three Grand Divisions of the state, East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee. The blue circle around the stars represents the unity of the "Grand Divisions" of the state.

The blue bar at the edge of the flag was purely a design consideration. When asked about the blue bar, Reeves stated that "The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp." [0]