Author: Brian Franks.
This flag is a graphic representation of the state. Washington can be roughly divided into three regions: The West side, the Cascades, and the East side. Although the regions are very different, they are all dominated by water and because of this water there is amazing greenery. On the far left is a blue stripe representing the Pacific Ocean, the Puget Sound, Gray’s Harbor, Willapa Bay and the Mouth of the Columbia River. Of course, all of this water (and 38 other west side rivers) is responsible for the amazing beauty and lushness of the west side of the state, which is represented by the left green stripe. The center stripe is white for the snow of the Cascade Mountains as well as our iconic peaks: Rainer, Adams, Baker, St. Helens and Glacier. In the center of this stripe is a pattern that resembles and represents both the evergreens of our state a well as the mountain ranges. The right third of the flag represents the east side of the state. The right blue stripe represents the dominant water features: the Columbia, Snake, Yakima, and Spokane Rivers as well as Palouse Falls and Moses Lake (to say nothing of the other sixteen east side rivers). These water features add beauty and bring tourists as well as enabling an important part of East side economy: agriculture. The White fimbriation can represent the snow in the Eastern and Western regions but is mostly just for visual style to separate the blue and green stripes and make them more striking. All kinds of other inferences can be drawn from this design such as the equal importance of the contributions that each of the three regions bring to Washington in varying ways, hence three equal thirds. Water results in the greenery so the blue stripes take the dominant position to the left of the green stripes on both sides of the flag. Green is also in each third of the flag symbolizing the state nickname, “The Evergreen State.” This wide use of green (the same green of our current flag) also reflects that we care for the beauty of nature in our state; we are “green.” The use of green also distinctly sets this Washington state flag apart from the other 49 states, which predominantly use red and/or blue. The vertical stripes are also a distinctive as only a few other states have a vertical stripe(s).
This flag much more accurately portrays the geography, differences, and unity of our state than the current flag of President Washington ever could.
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The flag of the state of Washington consists of the state seal (which bears an image of George...