Website names SC state flag America's best

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM EST
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SUNNYVALE, CA (WCSC) - A website heaped high praise on the design of South Carolina's state flag, naming it the best design of all 50 states.

Yahoo! Travel gave the Palmetto State's flag top honors in a recent post.

"We look at this flag and immediately imagine a slice of heaven," the post read.

South Carolina's familiar flag, featuring a white Palmetto tree shape and crescent over an indigo field, was adopted on January 28, 1861. The original design, by Col. William Moultrie, dated back to 1775, and Moultrie was said to have chosen blue for the flag's background because it matched the uniforms of Revolutionary War troops, according to the state government's website.

The crescent was intended to reproduce the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps, while the Palmetto tree symbolized Moultrie's heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's Island against the British on June 28, 1776, the site states.

Rounding out the top five are Texas, Alabama, New Mexico and Colorado.

As for our nearest neighbors, North Carolina ranked 11th place, while Florida's flag was named 18th best, and Georgia's flag came in at 27th place.

To see all of the rankings, visit Yahoo! Travel's story:

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