@matthewc23 - I find you see flags as being something very important to identify with. I see flags like the New Hampshire state flag as being something that actually means something while other state flags, like Illinois, do not really do that and merely express a design that is just official looking as opposed to having a flag that actually has some story behind it.
I like to hear stories about the symbolism of a flag and how they came up with the idea of the design. Some people may say that there is no need for a state flag because we are all one Union in the United States, but we are in fact one Union comprised of a collection of states that take pride in their own individual selves. That is why flags are important to show that the states are one together but they are all different with their own different identities.