The Missouri State Flag is consisting of the state seal centered on a field of three horizontal stripes of the French Flag’s red, white and blue, acknowledging that the land was sold to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Missouri was the twenty-fourth state to join the Union, resulting in the twenty-four stars in both the ring around the state seal design and in the blue sky above the arms. In the center of the seal, two grizzly bears representing courage. The state motto ,Salus populi suprema lex esto, Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law, is in a scroll beneath the shield, and the phrase ,United We Stand, Divided We Fall, encircles it. Below the scroll is the date 1820 in Roman numerals.