South Dakota State Flag

South Dakota State Flag


Flag Officially Adopted: November 9, 1992


The South Dakota flag features the state seal surrounded by a golden blazing sun in a field of sky blue. Letters reading “South Dakota, The Mount Rushmore State”, the official
state nickname, are arranged in a circle around the sun. The flag was officially adopted on November 9, 1992 after the state nickname was added.

The state flag of South Dakota was designed originally by legislative librarian, Ida M. Anding in 1909 but since has been modernized and a state seal was added to the flag. The state seal was originally on the reverse side of the flag but because of the expense of having a double sided flag the seal was moved. 

South Dakota State Flag Pledge

South Dakota State Flag Flying
South Dakota State Flag Flying

South Dakota is one of the few states that have a state flag pledge. Although law says that the state flag pledge should not replace the Pledge of Allegiance to the US’s national pledge.

“I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and State of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.”