Adoption Date: September 9, 1897
The Connecticut state flag was officially adopted in 1897. On an azure (blue) background the Connecticut state flag shows an ornamental white shield with three grapevines, each bearing three bunches of purple grapes.
The state’s motto “Qui transtulit sustinet” (He who Transplanted Sustains us) is displayed on a white ribbon. The vines stand for the first settlements of English people who began to move from Massachusetts in the 1630’s. These settlements were thought of as grapevines that had been transplanted.
Connecticut State Flag Symbolism
- Three bunches of grapes – Represent three colonies, New Haven, Old Saybrook, and Hartford
- Grapes – Good luck, felicity and peace
- Vines – Represent strong and lasting friendships
- Qui transtulit sustinet – Connecticut state motto