About the Alaskan Flag
- Each State in the USA has it’s own flag.
- This is the flag of Alaska.
- In 1927, the American government set an Alaska flag design competition for kids ages 12-18.
- This flag was the winner.
- 700 children entered the competition.
- The winning flag was designed by an orphan called Benny Benson and he was 13.
- This is what Benny wrote explaining the design of the flag when he entered the competition:
- “The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength.”
- The flag shows the North Star and ‘The Dipper’ which is part of a famous star constellation.
- The star constellation (Ursa Major) symbolises a bear – and bears are native to Alaska.
- The State song of Alaska is based on the Alaskan flag. These are the lyrics:
Eight stars of gold on a field of blue,
Alaska’s flag. May it mean to you,
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes, and the flowers nearby,
The gold of the early sourdough’s dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams,
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The “Bear,” the “Dipper,” and, shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
Over land and sea a beacon bright.
Alaska’s flag — to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.