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Maryland Manual, 1912-13
Volume 123, Preface 3   View pdf image (33K)
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Chapter 48, Acts of 1904.
AN ACT to formally adopt and legalize the Maryland flag.

Whereas, It is represented to the General Assembly that the flag
designed and used as the Flag of Maryland, under the Proprietary Gov-
ernment, and which is still known as the Maryland Flag, has never been
formally adopted by Maryland as a State, its use having been continued
by common consent only; and

Whereas, It is only desirable that the official Flag of Maryland should
be formally adopted and legalized, but it is eminently fitting that, by
reason of its historic interest and meaning, as well as for its beauty and
harmony of colors, the flag adopted should be the one which, from the
earliest settlement of the Province to the present time, has been known
and distinguished as the Flag of Maryland; therefore,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland,
That the flag heretofore, and now in use, and known as the Maryland
.Flag, be and the same is hereby legalized and adopted as the flag of the
State of Maryland, which said flag is particularly described, as to color-
ing and arrangement, as follows: Quartered—the first and fourth quar-
ters being paly of six pieces, or and sables, a bend dexter counter-
changed; the second and third, quarterly, argent and gules, a cross
bottonly countersigned; that is to say, the first and fourth quarters
consist of six vertical bars alternately gold and black with a diagonal
band on which the colors are reversed, the second and third consisting
of a quartered field of red and white, charged with a Greek Cross, its
arms terminating in trefoils, with the coloring transposed, red being on
the white ground and white on the red, and all being as represented upon
the escutcheon of the present Great Seal of Maryland.

SEC. 2. And be it enacted, That the Flag of Maryland shall be dis-
played from the State House at Annapolis, Maryland, continuously dur-
ing the session of the General Assembly, and on such other public occa-
sions as the Governor of the State shall order and direct, the flag always
to be so arranged upon the flag staff as to have the black stripe on the
diagonal bands of the first quartering at the top of the staff as repre-
sented in the illustration of the Maryland Flag in ' ' Chronicles of
Colonial Maryland."

SEC. 3. And be it enacted. That this Act shall take effect from the
date of its passage.

Approved March 9, 1904.

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