Branding The United States of America


The Illinois state flag features a shield bearing thirteen stars and thirteen stripes to represent the original colonies of the Union. This image appears on The Great Seal of the State of Illinois, a reference to the Great Seal of the United States. Illinois is an Algonquin word for “tribe of superior men,” and in this vein, the gold border around the flag and the shield symbolize the protection of the state of Illinois.

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