The current (1909) State Flag of Maine, from any reasonable distance, is nearly indistinguishable from that of roughly 20 other states. Our flag consists of the State Seal superimposed on a plain blue field.
In addition to Maine, the following states use the same design: Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Do we really want to be compared with Idaho? Or Nebraska?
A flag represents pride in ourselves and the place where we live.
The current Maine State Flag replaced an earlier, more distinctive design:
Chapter 233, An Act to establish a State Flag. The State Flag is hereby declared to be buff charged with the emblem of the State, a pine tree proper in the center and the polar star (a mullet of five points), in blue in the upper corner. The star to be equidistant from the hoist and upper border of the flag, the distance from the two borders to the center of the star equal to about one quarter the hoist. This distance and the size of the star being proportionate to the size of the flag. (March 21, 1901)
Like the flag of the United States, the original design is simple enough for a child to remember and draw, yet sophisticated enough to remind all citizens of Maine about their connection to the land and the sea that we call home.
Because of the simplicity of the design, it would also be cheaper to manufacture. One source cites that it would be 1/3 cheaper than the current flag, and because flags wear out quickly, that would amount to a significant savings for our state for our towns. Imagine all of the schools, police stations, town halls, and offices that fly our flag!
In addition, the original flag also mirrors the Official Maine Merchant and Marine Flag already in use in our state.
Thank you for considering this matter.