While the pine needle supporters of the coat of arms are represented throughout New England, the pine tree in the middle of the coat of arms represents the Vermont forests. The cow and three sheaves of wheat represent the dairy and agriculture industries. The deer head on top represents Vermont's wildlife. The Green Mountains are in the background as well. The motto, "Freedom and Unity", is also used. The motto balances two different ideals, the freedom of the individual citizen, and the welfare of the common good.
Multiple versions of the flag have been included throughout history. Originally, the flag was the same as the flag of the Green Mountain Boys. It was then changed to look similar to the flag of the United States, consisting of red and white stripes, and a blue canton. It was changed to be dissimilar to avoid confusion. Proposals have been brought up to revert the flag back to the Green Mountain Boys' flag, but none have succeeded.
The Green Mountain Boys Flag, militia flag of the Vermont Republic
Vermont State Flag Simplistic Proposal. I updated the original Green Mountain Boys flag used by the Vermont militia of the 1770s. By Ed Mitchell. 2013.
Vermont State Flag Proposal No. 23 (Green Mtn. Boys Concept) Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 21 MAY 2015 at 0818 HRS CST. note: 14 stars in canton vice 13 as Vermont was the 14th state admitted into the UNION and 6 alternating green and buff stripes representing Vermont as one of the six New England states.
This flag symbolizes Vermont with it's green slope (green mountain state) and white slope due to the change of season (a long winter) and its proximity to the white mountains. The blue triangle represents a "V" as in VT, the sky and water, and unity. The Circle with a T represents the "T" of VT, agricultural fields/the sun, in addition to freedom of the individual to stand tall. By Redclover23.
Vermont State Flag Proposal No. 24 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 23 JUL 2015 at 0729 HRS CST.
VT flag proposal by 5thEye
VT state flag proposal by nhprman Aug. 2016
Vermont State Flag. Designed by James Dignan, August 2013
Vermont flag proposal by Tim Ritz. Textless version.
More investigation about the star positions coming from real museum artifacts. White Hart from the road warning sign. Redesign by Rotten Ali.