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Three Flags

Three flags mark the front entrance of the Governor's Mansion.

Flag of U.S.

The flag of the United States of America is the central and highest flag, which is required by flag code and represents the hierarchy of state and country. It shows the original 13 colonies in red and white stripes, and 50 stars representing each state belonging to the United States.

U.S. 27th star flag

The U.S. flag on the far left has 27 large stars and symbolizes Florida's admission to the union as the 27th state on March 3, 1845. On July 4th of 1845, Florida's star was added to the U.S. flag, in keeping with Independence Day flag tradition of that time.

Florida Flag

Our current state flag hangs on the right. It features the Great Seal of Florida, adopted in 1985, and a red saltire. The state seal, originally designed in 1868, is used to designate official state business and properties of Florida. The red saltire was added to the state's flag in the late 1890's at the suggestion of Governor Francis P. Fleming, who wanted to ensure it did not appear as a flag of truce or surrender by its white semblance. Florida's current seal, adopted by Governor Bob Graham and the Cabinet in 1985, features a cabbage palmetto tree, a steamboat sailing and a Native American Seminole woman scattering flowers.