Part 5: Symbols

Part 5: In a Nutshell

  • The American flag is one of the most important symbols of the United States.
  • Rules of etiquette concerning the flag should be followed by all citizens.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance is a promise that one will be loyal to the United States.
  • The Flag Code is a list of instructions on how the American flag should and should not be handled.
  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States.
  • Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” after a battle with the British in 1814.
  • Citizens should follow proper etiquette when saying the Pledge of Allegiance, when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is sung or played, and when the American flag is presented or goes by in a parade.
  • The North Dakota Legislative Assembly has adopted official symbols throughout the history of the state.
  • The Great Seal of North Dakota is owned by the state and may only be used by permission of the Secretary of State.
  • North Dakota’s motto refers to our free nation which cannot be divided.
  • The North Dakota coat of arms may only be used by the Governor, the National Guard, North Dakota veterans’ organizations, and certain state government departments.
  • The Nokota horse is the honorary equine of North Dakota.
  • The state song is the “North Dakota Hymn.”
  • For many years, North Dakota was known as “The Flickertail State,” but that nickname was not officially adopted by the Legislative Assembly.
  • North Dakota got its official nickname from the International Peace Garden which is located partly in North Dakota and partly in Canada.
  • The Legislative Assembly rejected a bill to change the state’s nickname to the “Rough Rider State.”