Alaska's state flag was adopted when the territory became a state in 1959.
The field of blue symbolizes the sky, the sea, mountain lakes, and Alaska's wildflowers.
The Big Dipper and the North Star are shown in gold. These are symbols of Alaska's location as the northernmost state.
A contest was held in 1926 for the design of Alaska's flag. The winner was a 13-year-old Native American boy named Bennie Benson, and he received a 1,000-dollar scholarship and a watch for his winning entry.