Augusta — After an emergency session lasting well into the night, Maine lawmakers approved a new, official variant on the Maine flag.
The traditional Maine flag, with the state seal on a background of deep blue, remains in official use, but can be swapped out for the new Mossy Oak Break-Up Country pattern flag as needed.
“In these partisan times, it’s wonderful to see Maine’s elected officials working together to approve something as important and unprecedented as a flag variation,” Speaker of the House Sara Gideon (D-Freeport), said.
The new flag variation is aimed at exciting today’s young Mainers about flying the flag of their home state, while at the same time, giving Mainers a flag which “annihilates your outline and fuses you with the terrain like no pattern that has come before it,” according to the official description on Maine.gov and mossyoak.com.
The flags will be on sale at Cabella’s and LL Bean beginning in 2018, while more inexpensive, irregular versions can be bought at Reny’s.
While the Break-Up Country flag might not appeal to all Mainers, especially those living in metro areas, lawmakers are considering introducing a Tibetan prayer flag variation to appeal to Portlanders.
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