AUGUSTA, Maine — In more ways than one, 2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for Maine.

Throughout the entire year, Maine will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its statehood on March 15, 1820.

As an outward display of state pride, the Maine Legislature tasked the Secretary of State with creating a flag for the occasion, resulting in three designs.

All three designs share certain symbols such as the state motto "Dirigo" and the North Star. The basic descriptions of each design, listed in no particular order, are as follows.

  • A modified version of the original state flag from 1901 prominently features a pine tree in front of a blue field with a lighter strip of blue along the bottom to represent Maine's connection to the water.
  • The logo for the Maine Bicentennial Commission with its "Maine200" branding and mostly white background forms the basis of one flag.
  • A flag designed by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap uses three colors to describe some of Maine's best known aspects: white for the chilly climate, green for its vast forests, and blue for all the ways that Mainers depend on the water.

All three designs are displayed on the Department of the Secretary of State's website where visitors can vote for their favorite. The deadline to cast a vote is Friday, May 17, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Although the vote is not binding, Secretary Dunlap says the winner will heavily influence which design he decides to present to the Legislature.