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The flag of Fort Smith, Arkansas is a horizontal tricolor of blue, white, and red, with a yellow canton and the city's seal inside.

Symbolism[]

Gold suggests the value placed by the citizenry on its city. The eagle on the seal is said to represent speed and wisdom, as well as generosity and forgiveness. The three stars on the hoist side above the eagle reputedly represent the three nations that ruled Arkansas before the United States (France, Spain, and the United Kingdom). The five stars on the fly side symbolize the five Native American tribes who once occupied Western Arkansas (presumably the Caddo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Osage, and Quapaw). The angel on the hoist side represents Mercy; the sword on the fly side, Justice. The riverboat on the shield stands for commerce on the Arkansas River; the plow and beehive symbolize agriculture; and the wheat represents the fertile lands of the Arkansas Valley.

2004 NAVA survey[]

The flag scored 4.73 / 49th out of 150 on the 2004 NAVA City Flag Survey, behind Shreveport, and ahead of Charleston.


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