The Pennsylvania state flag consists of a blue field on which is centered the state's Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms features a shield on which a bald eagle, representing the United States, is perched. Flanking either side of the shield are draft horses standing on a gold decorative flourish on which is festooned a red ribbon with the state's motto, "Virtue Liberty and Independence". Within the shield are a ship representing global commerce, a plow representing the state's natural resources, and three sheaves of wheat representing the fertile fields of the state. An olive branch and cornstalk, symbols of peace and prosperity, form a half circle beneath the shield.
Pennsylvania 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.