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State of Louisiana

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The design consists of the pelican group from the state seal, in white and gold, and a white ribbon bearing the state motto, "Union, Justice, and Confidence", on a field of a solid blue.

State Seal:

The official state seal of Louisiana was adopted in 1902. It features a pelican tending its three young chicks in their nest. The story is that the pelican is actually tearing some of its own flesh to feed the chicks, which apparently a pelican will do rather than allow its young to starve. This seal has changed over the years, and at one point there were a dozen chicks in the nest. Since pelicans normally do not have large numbers of chicks at one time, the present version is more realistic. It also makes you feel a bit better knowing that the pelican doesn't have to pull itself apart for more than three of the young. The Louisiana motto "Union, justice, confidence" surrounds the birds on the present seal.

State Nickname:

The nickname "Pelican State" is a tribute to the official state bird, the brown pelican, which is native to Louisiana.

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