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Thursday, 07 September 2017 00:00

National Flag Day was held in Belmopan last Friday to the full embrace of its residents.  Mayor Khalid Belisle on that occasion unveiled a flag monument, which includes a specially designed plaque and a flag pole.

The plaque itself stands out markedly and gives a detailed description of the flag of Belize. In its entirety, the sparkling plaque reads as follows:

“The flag of Belize is made up of Blue (Azure) with a White circle and a Red (Gules) border, these two horizontal red borders are 1/5 of the total width of the Flag, with the Coat of Arms centered on the white circle.

The shield of the Coat of Arms is divided into three sections by a vertical line and inverted V. The base section (an inverted V) represents a ship at sea under full sail. The upper two sections show tools of the timber industry, a paddle and a squaring axe in the left section, with a beating axe and a saw on the right. Supporting the shield are two Belizeans - a Mestizo Belizean on the left holding a beating axe on his shoulder in his right hand, and one on the right an Afro-Belizean holding a paddle on his shoulder on his left hand. Above the shield rises a mahogany tree on a grassy mount. Below the shield, is a scroll with the motto written in Latin “Sub-Umbra-Floreo” (meaning UNDER THE SHADE I FLOURISH).  A wreath of 50 leaves encircle the Coat of Arms; this wreath symbolizes the year 1950 when Belizeans began the struggle for independence.”

It is notable that present for the unveiling was Mr. Ines Sanchez, who assisted in the co-design of the beautiful national Belizean flag in 1981. Mexican Ambassador Carlos Quesnel giving his international perspective on the flag design says that our Belizean flag is the only one in the World that includes people in it.