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Adopted on February 17, 1917.
The flag was designed by Colonel Charles W. Harris, Adjutant General of Arizona (1912-1918 and 1923-1928). According to Colonel Harris, the suggestion that the state adopt a flag came originally from the members of the 1910 Arizona Rifle Team in attendance at the National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry. All of the other teams at Camp Perry flew a distinctive flag, while Arizona was without an emblem of any kind. The first flag was sewn by Nan D. Hayden.
In designing the flag, the first consideration was historical value; the second was colors. Blue and gold were the Arizona colors, and red and gold were the colors carried by the Spanish Conquistadores, headed by Coronado, in the expedition of 1540 to the Seven Cities of Cibola. From these circumstances, and from the blue of the Union Flag, were derived the blue, the red, and the gold (or yellow as the law names it) of the Arizona Flag. Since Arizona was the largest producer of copper in the nation, and the star an emblem which might be easily distinguished, the copper star found its place on the blue field. As a western state, it was thought the effect of the rays of the setting sun would be appropriate to the Arizona Flag, and in these rays the red and gold (or yellow) of the old Spanish colors of Coronado were used.
Official description from Arizona Code 41-851. State colors; state flagA. Blue and old gold shall be the colors of the state. The blue shall be the same shade as that of the flag of the United States.B. The flag of the state shall be of the following design:The lower half of the flag a blue field and the upper half divided into thirteen equal segments or rays which shall start at the center on the lower line and continue to the edges of the flag, colored alternately light yellow and red, consisting of six yellow and seven red rays. In the center of the flag, superimposed, there shall be a copper-colored five pointed star, so placed that the upper points shall be one foot from the top of the flag and the lower points one foot from the bottom of the flag. The red and blue shall be the same shade as the colors in the flag of the United States. The flag shall have a four-foot hoist and a six-foot fly, with a two-foot star and the same proportions shall
be observed for flags of other sizes.C. The flag represents the copper star of Arizona rising from a blue field in the face of a setting sun.