February 14 celebrates the statehood dates of Arizona, which became the 48th state in 1912, and Oregon, which became the 33rd state in 1859.
Oregon, known as the Beaver State, ranks 9th in land area and 28th in population. Its state bird is the meadowlark, its flower the Oregon grape, and its tree the Douglas fir.
The flag of Oregon is the only one with different pictures on each side. On the reverse is a beaver. The front is a field of blue, with a picture which includes a heart shaped shield with an eagle on top, surrounded by thirty-three stars.
Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State. It’s state flag has 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag which represent both the 13 original colonies and the rays of the Western setting sun. The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag. Since Arizona was the largest producer of copper in the nation, a copper star was placed in the flag’s center.
Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren, the flower the Saguaro cactus blossom, and its tree the Palo Verde. The white flower blooms on the tips of the Saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.
Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.