Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mexican Flag

The Flag of the United Mexican States or Mexico is a vertical tricolor of green, white, and red with the national coat of arms charged in the center of the white stripe. While the meaning of the colors has changed over time, these three colors were adopted by Mexico following independence from Spain during the country's War of Independence.

The current flag was adopted in 1968, but the overall design has been used since 1821, when the First National Flag was created. The Mexican flag is flown by Mexicans and many Mexican-Americans.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Dominican Republic Flag

The flag of the Dominican Republic features a centered white cross that extends to the edges and divides the flag into four rectangles, the top ones are blue and red, and the bottom ones are red and blue.

A small coat of arms featuring a shield supported by a bay laurel branch and a palm frond is at the center of the cross; above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Fatherland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words "Rep├║blica Dominicana" appear on a red ribbon.

The Puerto Rican Flag

The Puerto Rican flag was created on December 22, 1895 by pro-Independence patriots in New York City. Although outlawed by Spanish and U.S. authorities, a Dark-Blue version was declared official in 1952 by the Commonwealth government.

Flags used by pro-Independence and patriotic groups use a Sky-Blue, while pro-Commonwealth and pro-Statehood groups use darker shades to highlight an association to the U.S. The 1952 version uses a Dark-Blue shade. A popular nickname for the Puerto Rican flag is "La monoestrellada" (The Lone Star Flag).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Welcome to the MetroFlags Blog!

Thank you for visiting the new MetroFlags Blog. MetroFlags, Inc. is an online flag provider that also seeks to advance and promote Vexillology, the study of flags. With this blog, we hope to educate, inspire, and generate discussions about flags, their symbols, meanings, uses, designs, and controversies. We believe that people should learn about, not just their own flags, but the flags of the world, particularly contemporary flags that are seen in media, parades, marches, and protests around the world. We will also provide various flag-related resources for those that want to learn more.

Again, thank you very much.

J. Hernandez
MetroFlags Blogger
MetroFlags, Inc.