The Massachusetts state flag displays state coat of arms centered on a white field. The Massachusetts coat of arms depicts an Algonquian Native American with bow and arrow; the arrow is pointed downward, signifying peace. A arm above the coat of arms, symbolizing Myles Standisha, signifies the philosophy that one would rather lose their right arm than live under tyranny. A white star with five points appears next to the Native American’s head, signifying Massachusetts' admission as the sixth state. A blue ribbon surrounds the shield, bearing Massachusetts's state motto Ense Petit Placidam, Sub Libertate Quietem - "By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty."