Flag of Connecticut

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State of Connecticut
Flag of Connecticut.svg
UseCivil and state flag Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag
DesignA white shield with three grapevines on a field of azure blue.

The flag of the state of Connecticut is a white baroque shield with three grapevines, each bearing three bunches of purple grapes on a field of royal blue. The banner below the shield reads "Qui Transtulit Sustinet", Latin for "He who transplanted sustains", Connecticut's state motto. The flag dimensions are 5.5 feet (1.7 m) in length and 4.33 feet (1.32 m) in width.[1]


The Connecticut General Assembly approved the flag in 1897 after it was introduced by Governor Owen Vincent Coffin in 1895.[1]

The design comes from the seal of Saybrook Colony, designed by George Fenwick when it was established in 1639. That seal depicted 15 grapevines and a hand in the upper left corner with a scroll reading "Sustinet qui transtulit". When Connecticut Colony bought Saybrook in 1644, the seal transferred to Connecticut Colony. On October 25, 1711, the governor and legislature changed the seal. They reduced the number of grapevines from 15 to three, in order to represent the three oldest settlements (Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford)[2] (or possibly the three separate settlements, Connecticut Colony, Saybrook Colony, and New Haven Colony, which had been absorbed into Connecticut by that time) and rearranged the wording and position of the motto.

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags. The survey ranked the Connecticut flag 50th out of 72.[3]

Flying the flag at half staff[edit]

Customarily, the flag of Connecticut is flown at half staff when the Federal flag is, which may be ordered by the President or by the Governor.[7] According to 2007-R-0624, only the governor of Connecticut may decide that the state flag should be flown at half staff, though the right is a power of office and not a law.

Typically, the state flag is flown at half staff upon the death of a Connecticut resident serving in the armed forces,[8] upon the death of a former governor or serving member of the state legislature, or for an event of great sorrow for Connecticut.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The State Flag". CT.gov. Department of Information Technology, State of Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  2. ^ "Virtual Tour of the Connecticut Supreme Court Courtroom - text only". Jud.ct.gov. State of Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  3. ^ "2001 State/Provincial Flag Survey - NAVA.org" (PDF). nava.org.
  4. ^ Edward O’Connor. "Alternate flags for New England". E. O’Connor. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  5. ^ Historical Flags of Our Ancestors. "Flags of the American Revolution Era". Loeser.is. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  6. ^ "New England flags (U.S.)". Crwflags.com. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  7. ^ "Capitol News from State Senator Bob Duff". Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
  8. ^ "Displaying the US and State Flag at Half Staff in Connecticut and Other States". Cga.ct.gov. State of Connecticut. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  9. ^ Executive Office of Governor John G. Rowland. "Governor Rowland: Governor Rowland Orders Flags Flown Half Staff in Honor of M. Adela Eads". Ct.gov. State of Connecticut. Retrieved 2022-12-14.

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