What originated on battlefields as a means of identification, flying in courtrooms, classrooms, government offices and fire stations, flags now typically hold symbolic significance for every nation with complex meanings ingrained into their designs. Flags don’t just come by, different nations has different reasons why they adopted the colours and the features in their flag. Most times, the history and legends surrounding a nation has a lot to say about the country’s flag. Here we bring to you 15 national flags and their meanings.
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Here Goes 15 National Flags and Their Meanings
This flag is dated back to 1230. According to history, whenever Duke Leopold V. of Austria returns from battle, his white which he wore to battle is soaked with blood while the underneath remains white. Some will say that this was what inspired their choice of the colour of their flag.Quite older than the UK flag (union jack)
2) United Kingdom
Dated back to 1801, known as the union jack. It signifies the crosses of the of the patron saints of Wales, Scotland and England combined together.
Also referred to as the “maple leaf flag”. This idea of maple leaf flag was not known until Prime Minister Lester Pearson asked that it should be included following his observation during the war, he noticed the battalions putting a maple leaf on their badges.
4) United States
Also known as the “Old Glory” or “Star Stripe” the 13 stripes on the flag signify the original colonies while the stars signify the states that make up the union.
5) South Africa
The red, green and black colours contained in the flag are derived from the ANC party and the Boer republic specifically, maybe in allegiance to the freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who founded the party.