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The pelican has long been the symbol for the state of Louisiana. The pelican is found on the state seal, painting, and flag. Although the pelican has been a symbol for the state since colonial times, it has not always been the state flag. Ten flags have officially flown over Louisiana. These flags are of Spanish, French, British, and finally American influence. One hundred years after Louisiana became a state, in 1912, the Pelican Flag was officially adopted.
The flag consists of a solid blue field, symbolizing truth. The coat-of-arms is featured with the pelican feeding its young, in white in the center. A ribbon beneath contains the motto of the state, "Union, Justice and Confidence".
The original Pelican flag depicted three drops of blood from the bird tearing at its breast to feed its young, symbolizing how the state sacrifices for her people. The state moved away from this detail in the flag until a student pointed out that the original flag had three drops of blood while the current one did not. In late 2010, the new flag containing the three drops of blood was unveiled.
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.