Guatemala Flag Meaning & Details


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 Guatemala Flag
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  • three equal vertical bands of light blue (hoist side), white, and light blue, with the coat of arms centered in the white band

  • the coat of arms includes a green and red quetzal (the national bird) representing liberty and a scroll bearing the inscription LIBERTAD 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821 (the original date of independence from Spain) all superimposed on a pair of crossed rifles signifying Guatemala's willingness to defend itself and a pair of crossed swords representing honor and framed by a laurel wreath symbolizing victory

  • the blue bands represent the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea

  • the white band denotes peace and purity

    note: one of only two national flags featuring a firearm, the other is Mozambique

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     Source: CIA - The World Factbook


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