Vermont was the fourteenth state to be admitted to the union,
in 1791. Proud to be a member of the United States, the first Vermont State Flag, a
state militia flag, was created in October, 1803. The first Vermont state flag was
created with seventeen stripes and seventeen stars in the tradition of the U.S. Flag.
The word "VERMONT" was spelled out in upper case letters above the stars and stripes.
Fifteen years later in 1817, the national Congress stepped back and authorized the
current Vermont state flag design of thirteen stripes and a star for each state. Vermont
went back to the drawing board and authorized a new design for the Vermont State Flag on
October 20, 1838. This new design continued to align with that of the U.S. Flag. This
new design reduced the number of red and white stripes from seventeen to thirteen.
Instead of a star for each state, however, the union contained one large white star on a
blue field. Within the confines of the star was displayed the Vermont Coat of Arms.
This Vermont state flag remained as the official Vermont
state flag until 1919. Eventually Vermonters began to desire a more unique state flag
that would not be so easily confused with the flag of the United States when hanging
from a pole. As the idea for a change became more prominent, it was found that the flag
authorized in 1838, was not ever really used to any extent and that not many were even
aware of its existence. The flag carried by Vermont regiments in the Civil War, the
Spanish American War and at the outbreak of World War I was a flag that displayed the
Vermont State Coat of Arms on a blue field. This design had customarily been carried as
the Governor's flag. And so, in 1919, the third Vermont State Flag was authorized
featuring the Vermont State Coat of Arms on a blue field. This is the Vermont State Flag
as we know it today.