Official Alabama Symbols

   The present Alabama State Flag was authorized by the Alabama Legislature on February 16, 1895, by Act number 383. According to the Acts of Alabama, 1895, the state flag was to be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white. The bars forming the cross were not to be less than six inches broad and were to extend diagonally across the flag from side to side. The act did not designate a square or a rectangular flag.

Alabama's past flags.
   On January 11, 1861, the Secession Convention passed a resolution designating a flag designed by a group of Montgomery women as their official flag. This flag has often been referred to as the Republic of Alabama Flag.  One side of the flag displayed the Goddess of  Liberty  holding in her right hand an unsheathed sword; in the left a small flag with one star. In an arch above this figure were the words "
Independent Now and Forever." On the other side of the flag was a cotton plant with a coiled rattlesnake. Beneath the cotton plant are the Latin words: "Noli Me Tangere," (Touch Me Not). This flag was flown until February 10, 1861, when it was removed to the Governor's Office after it was damaged by severe weather. It was never flown again.

   From March 4, 1861 until General James H. Wilson's occupation of Montgomery in April 1865, a Confederate National Flag was flown, either the First National Flag or the Second National Flag. After the end of the Civil War, the United States Flag was used for all official occasions.

Display - According to the Acts of Alabama, 2001-472: "(a) Each facility of building located in this state that is affiliated with any department or agency of the state and supported in whole or in part by public funds, shall prominently display the Alabama State Flag, in accordance with appropriate flag display protocol, on a flag pole or flag poles located near the main entrance of each facility or building. Any facility or building that is not in public view or open to the general public, or is used only for storage or other warehouse purposes, may be exempt from the requirements of this section at the discretion of the director or chief official of the department or agency.

"(b) Unless otherwise acquired pursuant to gift, donation, or other means, the flags and flag poles required by this section shall be purchased by the applicable department or agency within three years after August 21, 2001."

Under an Act approved September 26, 1923, the flag of the State, as well as the flag of the United States, is required to be displayed every day on which school is in session, at all schools in the State which are supported even in part by public funds. In 2001 the law was expanded to require state flags to be flown at county courthouses, state offices, and municipal buildings.

Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag- I pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God; Indivisible, with  liberty and justice for all.
Alabama Flag Salute - Flag of Alabama I salute thee. To thee I pledge my allegiance, my service, and my life.

Confederate Flag Salute-I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence, and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands.

[Alabama Secession Banner of 1861][Alabama Secession Banner of 1861]

                                   Official Alabama State Flag                                    Alabama Republic (Secession) Flag. Front and Back

The First National Flag

The Second National Flag

Third Confederate Flag

Confederate 1st national Flag

Confederate 2nd National Flag

Confederate 3rd National Flag

(may have never flown in Alabama)

Alabama Crest

Great Seal-Version 1

Great Seal-Version 2

Military Crest

           

                                                                                                         

Alabama Creed   In 1953 the state legislature approved Act no. 244, adopting the Alabamian's Creed, as Alabama's Creed. The Alabamian's creed was written by Mrs. H.P. Thetford, Birmingham, Alabama. The creed was adopted by the Board and Council of the Alabama Federations of Women's Clubs who in turn recommended it for adoption by the state legislature.

I believe in Alabama, a state dedicated to a faith in God and the enlightenment of mankind; to a democracy that safeguards the liberties of each citizen and to the conservation of her youth, her ideals, and her soil. I believe it is my duty to obey her laws, to respect her flag and to be alert to her needs and generous in my efforts to foster her advancement within the statehood of the world.

  Oaths of Office:  All elected and judicial officials are required to bake oaths of office.  The only common factor among them is that the official swears to support the CONSTITUTION, not the government, court rulings or any particular law but the Constitution itself.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned and the members of the State Legislatures, all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and the States shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution-article 6, U.S. Constitution

  I do solemnly swear I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alabama so long as I continue a citizen thereof and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office upon which I amd about to enter to the best of my ability, so help me God.-Article 15, Section 1, Alabama Constitution