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The Massachusetts State Flag

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On a white field is a blue shield emblazoned with the image of a Native American, Massachuset. He holds a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. The arrow is pointing downward representing peace. The white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto: "Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem" ("By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty"). Above the shield is an arm and sword, representing the first part of the motto.