- List of Delaware state symbols
The following Delaware state symbols have been approved by the Delaware General Assembly and added to the Delaware Code:
Colors Colonial Blue and Buff
Motto Liberty and Independence Song Our Delaware Bird Blue Hen Chicken Tree American Holly Flower Peach Blossom Bug Lady Bug Mineral Sillimanite Fish Weakfish Beverage Milk Herb Sweet goldenrod Fossil Belemnite Butterfly Tiger swallowtail Soil Greenwich Loam Dessert Peach Pie Star Delaware Diamond Marine Animal Horseshoe crab Macroinvertebrate Stonefly
The seal of Delaware was first adopted on January 17, 1777, with the current version being adopted April 29, 2004. It contains the state coat of arms surrounded by the inscription "Great Seal of the State of Delaware" and the dates 1704, 1776 and 1787.
The flag of Delaware was first adopted on July 24, 1913. It consists of a buff-colored diamond on a field of colonial blue, with the coat of arms of the state of Delaware inside the diamond. Below the diamond, the date December 7, 1787, declares the day on which Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. The colors of the flag reflect the colors of the uniform of General George Washington.
The First State
This nickname was officially adopted on May 23, 2002, to commemorate the fact that on December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
The Diamond State
This nickname comes from the legend that Thomas Jefferson described Delaware as a jewel among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard.
Blue Hen State
This nickname comes from the fighting Blue Hen Cocks that were carried with soldiers for entertainment during the Revolutionary War.
This nickname comes from substantial contributions Delaware has made as compared to its relatively small size.
The Blue Hen Chicken was officially adopted on April 14, 1939, having been used as many political campaigns and publications.
Sillimanite was recognized by geologists in Delaware prior to 1830, is widespread throughout the schists of the Delaware Piedmont, and occurs as large masses and steam-rounded boulders at the Brandywine Springs State Park.
Belemnite was officially adopted on July 2, 1996, at the suggestion Kathy Tidball's third grade Quest students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. The fossil, an extinct squid with a conical shell, is commonly found along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
The Eastern tiger swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) was officially adopted on June 10, 1999, as indigenous to Delaware and commonly found in deciduous woods, along streams, rivers, and wooded swamps, and in towns and cities throughout Delaware. They were chosen based on a statewide vote of public and parochial students, out of suggestions from students of the Richardson Park Learning Center.
The Delaware Diamond (coordinates of right ascension 9h40m44s and declination 48°14’2”) was officially adopted on June 30, 2000, as a star of the 12th magnitude and the first star on the International Star Registry ever to be registered to an American State. It was chosen in a 1999 Delaware Museum of Natural History contest by Amy Nerlinger of Wilmington.
The Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) was officially adopted on June 25, 2002, in recognition its importance and value in the medical field and as the principal food source for over a million shore birds.
The Stonefly (Order Plecoptera) was officially adopted on May 4, 2005, in recognition of the importance of excellent water quality and the vital role played by healthy aquatic ecosystems. It was supported by Gunning-Bedford Middle School, Salesianum High School, Delcastle Technical High School, Dickinson High School Environmental Club, The Independence School, Springer Middle School, St. Andrews School, and The Charter School of Wilmington.
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