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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Alaska flag coloring page

Alaska flag inspired coloring page- Ursa Major and the North Star

"Eight stars of gold on a field of blue
Alaska's flag. May it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes, and the flow'rs nearby;
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams;
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear," the "Dipper," and, shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
O'er land and sea a beacon bright.
Alaska's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier" 
That's the Alaska state song written by Marie Drake, which describes our flag. The flag was designed by Benny Benson in a territory wide contest for school children.  Benny explained his design this way
"The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaska flower. The North Star is for the future of the state of Alaska, the most northerly in the Union. The dipper is for the Great Bear — symbolizing strength.”
Here's what our flag looks like- it's a simple design, rich with meaning for Alaskan.
 Alaska flag day is July 9th, which didn't actually inspire the coloring page, but it is the reason I'm posting it. Click the images below for larger versions to print and color. They will print in portrait format to fit the page.
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Coloring page inspired by Alaska's flag- Ursa Major and the North Star available in jpg and transparent PNG
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Coloring page inspired by Alaska's flag- Ursa Major and the North Star available in jpg and transparent PNG

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