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State of Missouri

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State Flag: ( click here - for enlarged view)

Centered on red, white and blue fields is the Missouri state seal. It is encircled by a blue band with twenty-four stars representing the number of states in 1821. The stars in the inner circle have the same meaning. Two huge grizzly bears support the circular shield in the center which has three parts:

  • 1.The motto "United We Stand, Divided we Fall"
  • 2.The right section representing the United States
  • 3.The left section containing a moon representing a new state and a grizzly bear standing for courage.

  • State Seal:

    Nebraska gained statehood as the The Great Seal of the State of Missouri was officially adopted by the General Assembly on January 11, 1822. Judge Robert William Wells, who was also a congressman, designed the seal. The center of the seal contains the bald eagle symbol of the nation on the right side, and, on the left, symbols representing the state. A grizzly bear represents strength and bravery; a crescent moon represents the newness of statehood and the potential for growth. Surrounding these symbols is the motto "United we stand, divided we fall". Two mighty grizzly bears support this center shield. A scroll carries the state motto, "Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto", or "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law." Missouri's date of statehood, 1820, is placed in Roman numerals below the scroll. A star representing each of the other states of the Union (Missouri became the 24th) graces the top portion of the seal. The outer circle of the seal bears the words "The Great Seal of the State of Missouri".

    State Nickname:

    The "Show Me State", a name attributed to Representative Willard Van Diver. It conotates a certain self-deprecating stubbornness and devotion to simple common sense.

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