On July 4, 1985, the first flag symbolizing the link between education and a strong, free nation was raised over the capitals of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Flag of Learning and Liberty was inspired by the importance of education and significant reform movements undertaken by many states of USA.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in 1985, the Flag of Learning and Liberty was designed incorporating the red, white and blue of the "Stars and Stripes," symbolizing America's historical belief in and reliance upon education. The flag features:
A horizontal red stripe across its top depicting the strength and vitality of a democratic way of life.
A blue stripe running horizontally along the bottom which represents the stability and opportunity made possible by a strong system of education.
A center field of white which conveys the virtue and aspiration of a nation of free people. The central focus of the flag is the emblem in the middle of the white field, featuring:
Two gold flames at the top - one for learning and one for liberty. These flames are supported by a base of four elements, arranged in alternating blue and red pairs.
The blue elements represent the two key foundations of strong education - high expectations and effective teaching.
The red elements symbolize the cornerstone institutions of a democratic society - responsible families and involved communities.