Massachusetts Flag
State Flag of Massachusetts
The original Massachusetts state flag was adopted in 1915 and featured both the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth and a shield with the depiction of a pine tree over a white background. In 1971, the design was simplified by removing the shield and pine tree, leaving only the Coat of Arms at the center of the flag.

The Massachusetts Coat of Arms depicts a member of the native Massachuset tribe, for which the state is named, holding an arrow that is pointed towards the ground, a symbol of peace. Above the shield is an arm wielding a sword and around the shield is a scroll that translated, says, "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty."

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