The state flag,
first adopted in 1918, bears the state seal. The lower portion of
the seal is surrounded by a wreath of goldenrod, the state flower.
The goldenrod, gold lettering, and blue field display the state's
official colors. On the state seal, first adopted in 1792, a
frontiersman and a statesman embrace. The state motto, United We
Stand, Divided We Fall, appears above and below them. A wreath of
goldenrod decorates the bottom.
Kentucky is one of the border states that lie between the North
and the South of the United States. Its long northern border is
formed by the Ohio River, one of the traditional boundaries
between the Northern States and the Southern States. Kentucky also
forms a link between two of the great land features of the United
States. Its eastern border touches the Appalachian Mountains.
About 350 miles (563 kilometers) to the west, Kentucky touches the