The state flag of Tennessee features three white stars on a blue circle bound together in indissoluble unity by an unending white band (white circle) on a red field having unequal vertical stripes of white and blue at the fly end. The arrangement of the three stars shall be such that the centers of no two stars shall be in a line parallel to either the side or the end of the flag, but intermediate between the same; and the highest star shall be the one nearest the upper confined corner of the flag
Tennessee state flag
Tennessee flag colors - meaning
three stars: represent the three Grand Divisions of the state - East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee.
The blue circle stands for the unity of the "Grand Divisions" of the state.
History of Tennessee flag
The first official state flag of Tennessee was adopted in 1897. It had three forward slanting bands of red, blue and white colors with the yellow inscription “THE VOLUNTEER STATE” (the state nickname) in the blue band and the number 16 in blue in white band, symbolizing that Tennessee was the 16th state to join the Union
Tennessee flag history
The current state flag of Tennessee was designed by Colonel LeRoy Reeves, a Johnson City attorney who was serving in the Tennessee National Guard in 1905 when he created the new flag design. The Tennessee State Legislature officially adopted the flag on April 17, 1905.
Tennessee flag - right way to fly
The state flag of Tennessee is prone to be flown upside-down due to its asymmetric star pattern in an otherwise symmetrical design. Even flags flown on state capitol are found to be upside-down. In 1976, the United States Postal Service issued a sheet of stamps with one stamp for each state. The Tennessee flag was upside down as represented on its stamp