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Massachusetts State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of Massachusetts have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The Massachusetts State Seal

[Image of The Massachusetts State Seal]

The 50 State Seals

The Massachusetts State Flag

[Image of The Massachusetts State Flag]

On a white field is a blue shield emblazoned with the image of a Native American, Massachuset. He holds a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other.

The arrow is pointing downward representing peace. The white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states.

Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto “By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty". Above the shield is an arm and sword, representing the first part of the motto.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Bird: Chickadee
  • Berry: Cranberry
  • Beverage: Cranberry Juice
  • Cat: Tabby Cat
  • Dessert: Boston Cream Pie
  • Dog : Boston Terrier
  • Colors: Blue, Green, and Cranberry
  • Flower: Mayflower
  • Fish: Cod
  • Folk Song: Massachusetts by Arlo Guthrie
  • Fossil: Dinosaur Track
  • Game Bird: Wild Turkey
  • Gemstone: Rhodonite
  • Horse: Morgan Horse
  • Insect: Lady Bug
  • Marine mammal: Right Whale
  • Mineral: Babingtonite
  • Reptile: Garter Snake
  • Rock: Roxbury Puddingstone
  • Song: All Hail to Massachusetts by Arthur J. Marsh
  • Soil: Paxton Soil Series
  • Tree: American Elm

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