The three stars on the Tennessee flag represent the three different landforms in Tennessee, mountains in the east, highlands in the middle and lowlands in the west.
The state flag was designed by LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, who made the following explanation of his design:
“The three stars are of pure white, representing the three grand divisions of the state. They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field, the symbol being three bound together in one—an indissoluble trinity. The large field is crimson. The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp. The white edgings contrast more strongly the other colors.”
Tennessee State Flag Pledge
“Flag of Tennessee, I salute thee To thee I pledge my allegiance with My affection, my service and my life.”