Flag of the United States Virgin Islands

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United States Virgin Islands
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg
Proportion2:3
AdoptedMay 17, 1921; 97 years ago (1921-05-17)
DesignA simplified version of the coat of arms of the United States between the letters V and I (for Virgin Islands). The yellow-colored eagle holds a sprig of laurel in one talon, and three arrows in the other. The blue color in the shield on the eagle's breast is the same color as that of the flag and shield of the United States.

The flag of the United States Virgin Islands was adopted on May 17, 1921. It consists of a simplified version of the coat of arms of the United States between the letters V and I (for Virgin Islands). The yellow-colored eagle holds a sprig of laurel in one talon, and three arrows in the other. The blue color in the shield on the eagle's breast is the same color as that of the flag and shield of the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Colonial flag used in the Danish West Indies up until 1917.

Prior to Transfer Day 1917, the Danish colonial administration used a simple flag modeled on the blue ensign with the flag of Denmark in its canton.

The idea of a U.S. Virgin Islands flag began with the administration of Rear Admiral Summer Ely Whitmore Kitelle, who was sworn in as governor of the islands on April 26, 1921. He approached Mr. White, captain of the Grib, and Percival Wilson Sparks, and asked them for suggestions for a flag design. Sparks, a cartoonist, drew a design on paper. Afterwards Sparks transferred it on heavy cotton material, then asked his wife Grace and her sister Blanche Joseph to embroider the design.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The U.S. Virgin Islands Flag". gov.vi. The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Archived from the original on January 28, 1998.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Umbilical Cord: The History of the United States Virgin Islands from Pre-Columbian Era to the Present (1995), by Harold W.L. Willocks

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