List of Louisiana state symbols

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This is a list of official symbols of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Official symbols of Louisiana are codified in the laws of Louisiana.

State symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Law
Amphibian Green tree frog[2] (Hyla cinerea) LL 169.1, 1993
Beverage Milk LL 170, 1983
Bird Brown pelican[1] (Pelecanus occidentalis) LL 159, 1958
Colors Blue, white, gold LL 161, 1972
Crustacean Crawfish LL 168, 1983
Dog Catahoula leopard dog[1] LL 165, 1979
Fish White perch LL 170.4, 1993
Flower Magnolia[1] LL 154, 1900
Fossil Petrified palmwood LL 162, 1976
Fruit Strawberry (Fragaria) LL 166, 1980
Gemstone Crassostrea virginica oyster shell[3] (previously agate 1976–2011) LL 163, 2011
Mineral Agate[4] LL 163.1, 2011
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) LL 164, 1977
Jelly Mayhaw jelly and
Louisiana sugar cane jelly
LL 170.8, 2003
Mammal American black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) LL 161.1, 1992
Meat pie Natchitoches meat pie LL 170.9, 2003
Motto "Union, justice and confidence" LL 151, 1902
Musical instrument Diatonic accordion,
also known as the Cajun accordion
LL 155.3, 1990
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) LL 169, 1983
Slogan "Feed Your Soul" Official[5]
Song "You Are My Sunshine" and "Give Me Louisiana" LL 155, 1970
Song — environmental "The Gifts of Earth" LL 155.2, 1990
Song — march "Louisiana My Home Sweet Home" LL 155.1, 1952
Tartan Louisiana Tartan LL 170.6, 2001
Tree Bald cypress[1] (Taxodium distichum) LL 160, 1963
Vegetable Sweet potato (Pomona Batista) LL 170.11, 2003
Vegetable plant Creole tomato LL 170.11, 2003
Wildflower Louisiana iris (Iris giganticaerulea) LL 154.1, 1990

State oath[edit]

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here.

LL 167, 1981

State poems[edit]

  • State judicial poem, written by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley, and entitled, "America, We The People":

America
We the people
Justice, the word most sought by all, seek God to bless the courts with truth, for through His wisdom we rise or fall.
America
We the people
Do honor this great lady fair, who with her mighty arms still holds, the scales of Justice for all to share.
America
We the people
Do offer threads of hope to all, for Justice covers everyone; she does not measure, short or tall.
America
We the people
Boldly make this pledge to thee, that Justice will, in mind and heart, guide each destiny.
America
We............the...........people.

LL 155.4, 1995
  • State Senate poem, written by Jean McGivney Boese and entitled "Leadership":

It is easy to bend with the wind and be weak,
Wrapped in silence when it would take courage to speak,
To do nothing when crises demand that you act;
To prefer a delusion to unpleasant fact.
But the easy evasions that dreamers embrace
Are denied to a leader with problems to face.
He must cope with the world as he finds it, and plan
To make each hard decision as well as he can.
He can't hide from the truth or deny what is real.
Though a lie might assuage all the fears people feel.
For the truth is the truth, and no lie can prevail.
In a world that is real, one must face truth or fail.[6]

LL 155.5, 1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Louisiana.gov "Culture"
  2. ^ Official State Amphibian
  3. ^ "RS 49:163 State Gem". State of Louisiana. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  4. ^ "RS 49:163.1 State Mineral". State of Louisiana. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  5. ^ Louisiana Travel ~ Experience Louisiana with all your senses
  6. ^ "2011 Louisiana Laws Revised Statutes TITLE 49 — State administration RS 49:155.5 — State senate poem". Justia. Retrieved 4 February 2012.

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