On March 21, 1901 the Maine State Legislature passed "An Act
to Establish a State Flag." The Maine state flag was to include a Pine Tree centered on
a buff colored field. Equidistant from the hoist and upper border of the state flag a
blue polar star was to be displayed. Interestingly, on February 23, 1909, the State
Legislature adopted a new standard, describing the state flag as a display of the Maine
coat of arms on a blue field. This is the state flag in use today, more or less. The
Maine State Flag is blue, the same blue color displayed by the flag of the United
The size of the state flag is designated as four feet, four inches by five feet, six
inches. In the center of the flag, embroidered in silk, is the Maine State coat of arms.
The Maine State Flag is edged with a knotted fringe of yellow silk two and one-half
inches wide. The Maine State coat of arms displays upon a shield, a pine tree, a moose,
land and sea. Flanking the shield, a seaman rests on an anchor and a farmer rests on a
scythe. Above the shield the Maine state motto, "Dirigo" (I lead), is displayed on a
banner beneath the North Star. On the Maine state flag, below the shield, is the name of
the state, "MAINE."