| Nearly 100 years after achieving
statehood, Missouri adopted an official flag on March 22, 1913.
The flag was designed by the late Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Watkins
Oliver, wife of former State Senator R. B. Oliver. The flag
consists of three horizontal stripes of red, white and blue.
These represent valor, purity, vigilance and justice. In the
center white stripe is the Missouri coat-of-arms, circled by
a blue band containing 24 stars, denoting that Missouri was
the 24th state.