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A Brief History of the Tennessee FlagSeptember 19, 2011

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The flag of the state of Tennessee was designed by a member of the Tennessee National Guard, LeRoy Reeves, and was adopted in 1905.
The Tennessee state flag is crimson with a blue circle in the middle containing three white stars. The three stars represent the divisions of Tennessee into middle, east and west. The blue circle is symbolic of the eternal unity of the three sections of the state. A navy blue bar is included to give the flag distinction when hanging limp.
Fun Facts:
The three “Grand divisions” of the state of Tennessee make the state diverse, yet Tennesseans are united. Each section of the state is unique for different reasons:  East Tennessee is known for their mountains, the Cumberland Plateau and two of Tennessee’s largest cities: Chattanooga and Knoxville. Middle Tennessee is set apart by the Tennessee River and is famous for its rolling hills and of course the state capital in Nashville. West Tennessee is very fertile due to its location between two major rivers and is home to Tennessee’s largest city, Memphis.
Which way is up? The Tennessee flag does in fact have a top and a bottom and there is thus a correct and incorrect way to fly the flag. Tennessee law states “The arrangement of the three (3) stars shall be such that the centers of no two stars shall be in a line parallel to either the side or the end of the flag, but intermediate between the same; and the highest star shall be the one nearest the upper confined corner of the flag.” Stamps were made by the U.S. postal service in 1976 that featured the Tennessee flag upside down.
So nice they did it twice: Tennessee has two salutes to the state flag.
The first official salute
“Three white stars on a field of blue
God keep them strong and ever true
It is with pride and love that we
Salute the Flag of Tennessee.”
The second official salute
“Flag of Tennessee, I salute thee
To thee I pledge my allegiance with
My affection, my service and my life.”
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