Adopted in 1911, the current Michigan state flag is the state's third official flag. The 13-cent Michigan State Flag issue (Scott 1658) depicts this flag, which displays the Michigan coat-of-arms on a field of blue.
The state shield features a lake with a yellow sun rising over blue waters. A man stands on a peninsula with one hand raised in a greeting of friendship while the other holds a rifle. An elk and a moose, representing Michigan, support the shield. A bald eagle, representing the U.S., hovers above the shield while grasping an olive branch and arrows in its talons.
Three mottos appear on the coat-of-arms: "E Pluribus Unum” (“From many, one”), "Tuebor” (“I will defend”), and "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice” (“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”). "E Pluribus Unum," the national motto, aligns with the depiction of the bald eagle; "Tuebor" is represented in the arrows clasped in the eagle's talons and the gun held in the man's left hand; and, "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice" is supported by the warmth of the sun, the man's friendly greeting from the peninsula, and the olive branches held by the bald eagle.
Scott 2005 Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps and Covers
SHG Resources (http://www.shgresources.com/mi/symbols/flag/)