The Grand Chapter of Missouri was Constituted on October 13, 1875. Our state is divided into 27 districts and we have approximately 143 Chapters and approximately 10,000 members.
Missouri was the 24th state in the USA; it became a state on August 10, 1821. Our state capital is located in Jefferson City, Missouri and the largest city is Kansas City. Missouri covers 69,709 square miles and is the 21st largest state in the USA. It is the presidential birthplace of Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the USA, serving from 1945 to 1953. Missouri was named from an Algonquian Indian word that means “river of the big canoes” and the state song is the Missouri Waltz.
Missouri State Flag
The Missouri State Flag has a red, white, and blue background (representing Missouri’s French heritage; it was part of the Louisiana Purchase from France.) The circular center is surrounded by 24 white stars (the number of states when Missouri entered the Union). Two grizzly bears represent bravery and strength. A knight’s helmet and another 24 stars are above the bears. The motto, “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL” is around the inner circle. The motto, “SALUS POPULI SUPREMEA LEX ESTA” (meaning “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law”) is on a yellow ribbon under the bears. The inner circle has an eagle holding the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war (representing the federal government), a crescent moon, and another grizzly bear. The Roman numeral MDCCCXX is under the two bears (1820 was the date of the Missouri Compromise).
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State Tree is the
State Nut Tree is
Black Walnut Tree