The colonial blue and buff represent the colors of General George Washington's uniform. "December 7, 1787" is the day Delaware ratified the federal Constitution - becoming the first state of the union.
- Ship: a symbol of Delaware's ship building industry and extensive coastal commerce.
- Farmer: represents the central role of farming to the state of Delaware.
- Militiaman: recognizes the crucial role of the citizen-soldier to the maintenance of American liberties.
- Wheat Sheaf; a symbol of the agricultural vitality of Delaware.
- Maize (Indian Corn): symbolizes the agricultural basis of Delaware's economy.
- Water: represents the Delaware River, the state's main artery of commerce and transportation.
- Ox; signifies the importance of animal husbandry to Delaware's state economy.
- Motto: "Liberty and Independence" was approved in 1847.