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Guatemala National Flag

The Guatemalan flag is quite old, as the earliest design dates back to the early 1800s. It was officially adopted in 1871, and changes have taken place as recently as 1968.

Three vertical stripes make up the bulk of the Guatemala national flag, with two blue panels on the ends and a single white panel in the center. The blue bands represent the two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. The middle white panel stands for peace, honesty, and harmony. These two colors are also traditionally used by the United Provinces of Central America.

In the center of the Guatemalan flag is a shield crossed by two rifles and two swords which are all tied to a laurel crown. A scroll is located in the very middle with the date of Central America’s independence from Spain, which was December 15, 1821. The Resplendent Quetzal tops the scroll as Guatemala’s national bird.

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