The colonial blue field and the buff colored diamond in the
Delaware state flag were said to represent the colors of the uniform worn by General
George Washington. And, indeed, some regiments of the Revolution wore blue coats with
buff trim. The diamond is a reference to an early state nickname, the Diamond State, so
given because of Delaware's small size and great value, evidenced in its geographical
position on the Atlantic Ocean and its leadership contributions. The coat of arms on the
Delaware state flag depicts early occupational symbols for shipping, farming, hunting,
and cattle ranching.