The seal depicts a pioneer and a statesman embracing. Popular belief claims that the buckskin-clad man on the left is Daniel Boone, who was largely responsible for the exploration of Kentucky, and the man in the suit on the right is Henry Clay, Kentucky's most famous statesman. However, the official explanation is that the men represent all frontiersmen and statesmen, rather than any specific persons. The state motto: "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" circles them. The motto comes from the lyrics of "The Liberty Song", a patriotic song from the American Revolution.
In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state, and U.S. territorial flags. Kentucky's flag finished 66th out of the 72 other flags.
Kentucky State Flag Proposal No. 22 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 30 AuG 2014
KY Flag Proposal "BigRed618"
Kentucky State Flag Proposal No. 25 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 02 NOV 2014 at 1105hrs cst
Kentucky State Flag Proposal No. 29 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 03 NOV 2014 at 2337hrs cst
Kentucky State Flag Symplistic Proposal. The intertwined arrows represent the joining of the frontiersman (red) and the statesman (blue) who are shaking hands on the existing state steal. That image (illustrating the motto, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”) also appears on the flag. The angled lines suggest a “K.” By Ed Mitchell. 2013.
Kentucky flag proposal by Ed Mitchell, modified by Hans. Uses the black and brown from Bezbojnicul's proposal. Apr 2015. (details)
KY flag proposal by lizard-socks (source). September 2012.
Kentucky is well-known for its horse racing; it hosts the annual Kentucky Derby, the most-visited stakes race in North America. A thoroughbred horse appears on the state's state quarter. Many proposals represent horse racing by a horse or horseshoe.