The Kansas State flag vividly illustrates the history of “the Sunflower State” and conveys the determination of its residents. The Kansas flag consists of a blue background centered with the Great Seal of Kansas. A sunflower, torn from its stalk and resting on a twisted blue and gold bar, references that the state was carved from the territory acquired by The Louisiana Purchase. The torn sunflower is meant to indicate the fearlessness with which Kansas meets her problems and solves them. The Kansas State Seal pictures the hills of Fort Riley, Native Americans hunting buffalo, oxen drawing a wagon train, steamboats sailing and settlers plowing. The Kansas state motto translates to “To the Stars through Difficulties.” Thirty-four stars denote Kansas’ entry as the 34th state.