Flag of South Dakota

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Flag of South Dakota

The flag of South Dakota represents the U.S. state of South Dakota with a field of sky blue charged with a version (in navy blue on white) of the state seal in the center, surrounded by gold triangles representing the sun's rays, surrounded in turn by inscriptions in gold sans-serif capitals of "SOUTH DAKOTA" on top and "THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE" (the state nickname) on the bottom. The inscription on the bottom was "THE SUNSHINE STATE" before it was changed in 1992.

According to a 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association, South Dakota’s flag was among the poorest of U.S. and Canadian subnational flags in design quality.[1]

Flag pledge

The official pledge of the South Dakota flag is "I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety." The only protocol to the state flag pledge is that it does not either replace or preempt the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States.[2]

Original Flag

1909 Flag of South Dakota

The original Flag of Dakota consisted of a dominate sun encircled by the text "South Dakota" and "The Sunshine State". The 1909 statute stated[3]:


  1. ^ Kaye, Ted (June 10, 2001). "New Mexico Tops State/Provincial Flags Survey, Georgia Loses By Wide Magrin". North American Vexillological Association. Retrieved 2007-10-29. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Signs and Symbols of South Dakota". Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  3. ^ "The South Dakota State Flag". Retrieved 2008-01-30.

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