New Hampshire (NH) State Flag The 9th state, admitted 1788
Although the general design used on New Hampshire's flag had been in use since 1784, it became official in 1909,with slight changes made in New Hampshire's flag in 1931. The New Hampshire state seal is the focus of this flag, depicting an optimistic rising sun behind the Raleigh, which was a ship built for use in the Revolutionary War. It is surrounded by a wreath of laurel, an ancient symbol of fame, honor, and victory. The nine stars within the wreath show that New Hampshire was the ninth state to join the Union. The water stands for the harbor of Portsmouth, and in the lower left corner is granite, a strong and sturdy rock, representing the New Hampshire/s rugged landscape and the sturdy character of the people. New Hampshire's nickname is the Granite State.