DENVER (KDVR) — On a daily basis, the Colorado Capitol flies the American and Colorado flags. Beginning Tuesday, you may notice a new flag flapping in the wind.

In honor of the third anniversary of Juneteenth becoming a state holiday, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera and other members of Colorado’s legislature raised the official Juneteenth flag at the Capitol.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, found out they had been freed — two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Along with the holiday comes a special flag.

According to CNN, the banner has several symbols that represent the end of slavery in the U.S.

What does the Juneteenth flag look like?

The Juneteenth flag consists of the colors red, white and blue, along with a star, a burst and an arc.

Juneteenth Flag
The Juneteenth flag, commemorating the day that slavery ended in the U.S., flies in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Per CNN, the flag was created in 1997 by Ben Haith, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation. Then, Boston-based illustrator Lisa Jeanne Graf brought the flag to life.

The white star in the middle of the flag represents Texas, also known as “The Lone Star State,” where the last remaining slaves were informed they were free. However, according to the creator of the flag, the star also represents the freedom of Black Americans in all 50 states.

The burst outlining the star is inspired by a nova, or a new star, according to CNN. This represents a new beginning for Black Americans in the U.S.

The arc background represents a new horizon and opportunities for Black Americans. Finally, the colors correlate to those of the American flag as a reminder to the enslaved people and their descendants that they were and are Americans, according to CNN.

Juneteenth flag flies in Denver

In 2022, Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 22-139, making Juneteenth an official Colorado holiday. On Tuesday, Primavera raised the flag.

“Today, as we raise the Juneteenth flag, I am proud to commemorate this important American holiday. On Juneteenth, we celebrate and honor the joy that this holiday has embodied in the Black community for more than 150 years. This is an important reminder that we must continue working together to protect and expand our freedoms, and build a Colorado for all,” said Primavera.

Juneteenth is observed on June 19 and is also recognized as a federal holiday.