A flag is the representation of a sovereign nation and on June 14th countries across the world commemorate #NationalFlagDay. An entire day dedicated to a countries’ symbol of independence and unity.Janelle Flag
Of course, for us here in Belize, we could not be prouder of our National Flag. A rather young yet very patriotic flag ours is! After all the first time it graced the skies was only 35 years ago. The Belize Flag was first raised when we got our independence back in September 21, 1981.Belize National Flag (5)
For those who are not that acquainted with the Belize Flag, it consists of the Coat of Arms of Belize in the centre of a blue rectangle with red striped on the top and bottom. To us Belizeans, this is a beautiful flag with a very patriotic meaning.Belize National Flag (2)
The royal blue background represents the first political party of the country, The People’s United Party established in 1950. The red strip represent the second major political party, The United Democratic Party established in 1973. This two parties have formed the Central Government of Belize since independence.Belize National Flag (1)
The Coat of Arms is seemingly the most important aspect of the flag. It depicts a mestizo and creole man holding tools representing the first industry of Belize, logging. The men are standing beside a Mahogany Tree (National Tree of Belize) and a party per pall inverted shield. Each section within the shield showcased tools of the logging industry including a paddle and a squaring axe (left division), a saw and beating axe (right division) and a sailing ship (bottom vessel). At the bottom of the shield is Belize’s motto ‘Sub Umbra Floreo’ – which translates from Latin to English to ‘Under the share I flourish’. The entire Coat of Arms is surrounded with a circular boarder of 5o leaves.Belize National Flag (4)
The Belize Flag is clearly one of the most complicated flags in the world and it is also one of only a few that have actual people represented on them.
Now you see how important the Belize flag is for its people, so let’s respect it! Happy National Flag Day!

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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