Cox’s Corner

By State Rep. Doug Cox, M.D.

Happy Birthday America!

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. Much will be said about our nation’s history and Old Glory this weekend. I would like to visit with you about our state flag. Governor Henry, I and the rest of the Oklahoma Legislature want each of you to have state pride and fly our state flag.

The Oklahoma flag proudly displays an Osage warrior’s shield made from buffalo hide and decorated with seven eagle feathers hanging from the lower edge. The shield is centered on a field of blue borrowed from the blue flag that Choctaw soldiers carried during the Civil War.

The shield is decorated with six white crosses (stars) representing high ideals. Superimposed over the shield are symbols of peace and unity from the cultures of the Native American and European-American settlers in Oklahoma and Indian territories; the calumet (ceremonial peace pipe) and the olive branch.

In 1941, the state name was added to the original 1925 design. This change was not popular in some circles as it was felt that the design of the Oklahoma flag was significantly unique without this reminder.

In 1982, as part of Oklahoma’s Diamond Jubilee (75th Anniversary), the following was adopted as the official salute to the Oklahoma flag:

“I salute the flag of the State of Oklahoma. Its symbols of peace unite all people.”

Every flagpole in our state flying the American flag should also have a state flag. Fly or display the Oklahoma flag with pride.

If you need a state flag, e-mail me at dougcox@okhouse.gov or call (405) 557-7415 and I will mail you one from the Capitol at no charge.

I hope you have a safe, happy and relaxing holiday weekend.