By MARK THOMAS, Associated Press Tennessee State Parks is celebrating the first anniversary of the state’s official flag by displaying the state flag in its capitol grounds, with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The flag will be displayed at the Capitol for the next two weeks and will be retired at the end of 2019, said Julie Lipscomb, spokeswoman for the Tennessee DOT.
The state was the first in the nation to introduce a state flag.
The new flag was unveiled Friday by Gov.
Bill Haslam at the State Capitol in Nashville, the capital.
It is one of the first to incorporate a state motto.
The flag also has a coat of arms bearing the name of a Tennessee county.
The governor said Tennessee had more than 1.1 million registered voters in 2017, nearly a quarter of the population of the United States.
The flags were chosen for their beauty and heritage, said Lipscom.
The coat of Arms is a quote from the state motto, which is “Liberty, Justice and the pursuit of happiness.”
“They remind us of the values we hold dear as Tennessee citizens,” Haslam said.
“It shows that Tennesseans are determined to achieve the same things as the American people.
We are proud of the history and the heritage of the State of Tennessee.”
Tennessee has the third-highest population of any state in the United Kingdom, according to census data.