The Michigan state flag consists of the state's coat of arms on a dark blue background. The coat of arms shows a bald eagle holding an olive branch and arrows. An elk and a moose support a blue shield displaying a man standing on a grassy peninsula beside a lake with the sun rising behind him. The motto "Tuebor" - "I Will Defend" appears on the shield. Above the eagle, on a red banner with red lettering, is the motto "E Pluribus Unum" - "From Many, One". A third motto, "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice" - "If you Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You" - appears on a white banner with black lettering below the shield. The Michigan state flag was adopted in 1911.
Michigan flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.