Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands
|Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands|
|Vexillological symbol :||?|
|Officially accepted:||4th July 1976|
Like other Pacific states (e.g. the Marshall Islands and Nauru ), the flag of the American Commonwealth Territory is based on a blue base, which is supposed to represent the Pacific , and a white star, which stands for the islands of the Northern Mariana Islands. The star is in front of a stone pillar ( latte stone ), which symbolizes the culture of the local Chamorro people . In 1989, a wreath of flowers and shells ( lei ) was added to the flag , another symbol of local culture. From 1991 to 1995 the wreath lay over the latte stone; In 1995 the flag turned a darker shade of blue.