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Saint Croix has flown seven different flags. It has been colonized by Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark, and the United States. The US VI flag, as described by the web site of the VI government, was adopted by Executive Order on May 17,1921, is a white field, the letters “V I”, an American Eagle in yellow with the shield of the United States on its breast, sprig of laurel is one talon, and a bundle of three blue arrows in its other talon, representing the 3 main Virgin Islands. The blue of the arms and letters are of the flag of the United States.

Official SealThe symbols depicted thereon are representative of the three major islands comprising the U.S. Virgin Islands and were chosen for their historical as well as future significance. The sugar mill was chosen for St. Croix because it was the center of agricultural productivity during the early years of the island’s history. Jarig Bakker, written Sept. 24, 2008, on, explains all the symbolism, “The Annaberg ruins on the island of St. John represent that islands’s role in the production of sugar and the slave uprisings. The ruins currently site in the National Park, which is the bastion of preservation in the territory and its environment for the present and into the future. The Legislative Building on the island of St. Thomas represents the seat of government and the capital of the United States Virgin Islands. The two flags being flown are the Dannaberg, which is being lowered, and the U.S. flag. The flags depict the transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States on March 31, 1917, on the grounds of the Legislature. The boat in the harbor of St. Thomas represents the importance of the islands in interstate and international commerce, from Columbus’ discovery of the islands to the present and into the future, with the cruise ship and charter boat industries as well as down island traders.

“The motto inscribed on the scroll, ‘United in Pride and Hope’ relates to the fact that the islands are inhabited by varied groups of people of different ethnic, national and religious persuasions and all live together in relative harmony to form one community…

“The words ‘Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands’ encircle the seal. The yellow color which borders the seal represents our tropical sun with its brilliant rays beaming down and keeping us warm 365 days a year; the green color of the islands represents the foliage that is ever present and creates our natural beauty; the white trim around the islands represents the white sand that is found on our world-renowned beaches; the blue represents the crystal clear waters which surround our islands and the magnificent blue skies which are seldom cloudy.

“In addition, the Yellow Breast, our national bird, with its regal-colored chest is perched on a stem of our national flower, the Yellow Cedar, with three of its fruits, three flowers in bloom, and three leaves, all representing the three major islands. These national symbols were especially selected for the following reasons: 1. they are our legally adopted national symbols; 2. they are easily recognized; and 3. they populate all of the islands.”