The Cornflower, the floral symbol of the German - American Parade, has
significance far beyond the event with which it has become inseparably
identified. It is in fact the national emblem of the German-American
community. The cornflower is found in the grain fields throughout
the old country, mingled with the ripening grain, side by side with
the red poppy, brightening the scene everywhere throughout the long
summer months. Hence the name "Kornblume", is translated into English
While it is not an American native flower, it is widely cultivated in gardens, especially by German Americans. It is also known under the names of "Bluebottle" and "Bachelor's Button" (botanically by the name "Centaurea cyanus"). The beauty of the flower's deep, pure blue is most attractive and symbolizes truth and loyalty - qualities which have long been ascribed to the German people.
From an American viewpoint, the Cornflower is most fitting as it matches the blue of our Star Spangled Banner which is clearly evident when it is worn with red and white ribbons, comprising the emblem of the Steuben Parade. There is no finer badge, and it is worn with pride and appreciation.