Georgia Flag: Summary: The Georgia State Flag is very important to Georgia and its state history. Though it has changed many times over the years (due to events such as the Civil War, ect.), the current flag design was adapted in 2003. The flag has three red and white stripes, with the state coat of arms on a blue field in the upper left-hand corner. In the coat of arms, the arch symbolizes the state's Constitution and the pillars stand for the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The words of the Georgia state motto, "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation," are wrapped around the pillars, protected by a male figure dressed in Colonial clothing like a soldier of the American Revolution, with a drawn sword representing the defense of the Constitution. In addition to the first motto, In God We Trust, appears under these elements, though it is not part of the state seal nor coat of arms. In the center of the canton is a circle of 13 white stars, symbolizing Georgia and the other 12 original states that formed the USA. The flag is often given the nickname "Georgian Stars and Bars", after the flag from which its design was based, the first National Flag of the Confederate States of America.