PEORIA, Ariz. -  For the first time in 63 years, the City of Peoria has an official flag. 

Peoria has flown its seal on a white background up to this point, but the city decided it was time for a change. 

"A flag signifies pride and represents the ideals and values of a people; and as we celebrate another successful year, it is fitting that we roll out a symbol of our city's reputation, history and the contributions of everyone who has touched the City of Peoria on its journey," Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat said in a press release.

Residents and city employees gave input on the flag's design, which features three rust red peaks and three white stars over a blue background. 

The three stars above the peaks represent the city's past, present and future. 

The colors of the flag represent Peoria's own palette. The blues portray Lake Pleasant and the Arizona sky. The rust red peaks symbolize the mountains of the Sonoran Desert.

That doesn't mean Peoria's official seal is going anywhere. City officials say it is a permanent emblem of Peoria. Now it just has an official city flag to go with it.

Here's how Peoria's flag compares to other official city flags in the Valley of the Sun:

PHOTOS: City flags in the Valley