- became a state on August 10, 1821. - state capital is Jefferson City. - nickname is The Show Me State. - state tree is the Flowering Dogwood - state animal is Missouri Mule.
The flag has a red, white, and blue background (representing Missouri's French heritage, it was part of the Louisiana Purchase from France). - the circular center is surrounded by 24 white stars (the number of states when Missouri entered the Union). - two grizzly bears represent bravery and strength. - a knight's helmet and another 24 stars are above the bears. - he motto, "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL" is around the inner circle. - the motto, "SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX ESTA" (meaning "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law") is on a yellow ribbon under the bears. - the inner circle has an eagle holding the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war (representing the federal government), a crescent moon, and another grizzly bear. - the Roman numeral MDCCCXX is under the two bears (1820 was the date of the Missouri Compromise).