Our flag was created from symbols significant to a proud city settled in 1649:
The white background of the flag was the militia flag selected by Sir Francis Nicholson, the royal governor who made Annapolis the capital of Maryland.
The crown is a tribute to Queen Anne, who chartered her colonial namesake as a city in 1708. The two flowers represent two British royal families. The rose symbolizes the Tudor family and the thistle, a flower native to Scotland, represents the Stuarts.
The slogan on the flag, translated from Latin means, "I have lived free and will die so."