The Louisiana State Flag in use today originated from an 1800
design. The flag displays the state bird, the Eastern Brown Pelican, from the state
seal, in white and gold, on a field of blue. The mother pelican on the Louisiana state
flag is shown tearing flesh from her own breast to feed her three young. Louisiana's
motto, "UNION, JUSTICE, and CONFIDENCE" is printed in blue letters on the Louisiana
state flag on a white and gold banner below the pelicans.