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State of Maine

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State Flag: ( click here - for enlarged view)

The state coat of arms is placed on a blue field. In the center of the shield a moose rests under a tall pine tree. A farmer and seaman represents the work that people did in early times. The North Star represents the state motto: "Dirigo". ( "I Direct" )

State Seal:

In June of 1820, three months after Maine became a state, the legislature drafted the design of the state seal. Since that time, there have been variations in the details of the seal, but the overall design and images remain true to the spirit of that legislative session. The center of the seal is a shield adorned with a tranquil scene of a moose resting in a field bordered by water and woods, with a pine tree standing tall directly behind the moose. On either side of the shield, a farmer rests on his scythe, and a sailor leans on an anchor. Above the shield is the motto "Dirigo" ("I lead"), and a stylized North Star. And below the shield is a banner that simply reads "Maine". The legislature of 1919 decided that the design of the seal should no longer vary, and froze the design, and it is still used today.

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The "Pine Tree State" recognizes the white pine tree, an officially designated state symbol. Maine possesses over 17 million acres of forests.

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