FLAG OF GUATEMALA
The flag of Guatemala, shown on the left, was adopted on December 26, 1997. This makes it one of the world’s newest flags. It has two light blue rectangular sections on the left and right sides, with a white section in the middle. In the middle is Guatemala’s coat of arms. The two crossed rifles represent Guatemala being ready to fight in war if necessary. The bay laurel leaves represent peace; representing that they would rather have peace than war. The crossed swords represents Guatemala’s honor. The bird, called a Quetzal bird, represents Guatemala’s independence and freedom from Spain with its colorful plumage, and is also the national bird of Guatemala. The scroll parchment, reading “Libertad 15 de Septiembre de 1821” represents the date of Guatemala’s freedom from Spain, September 15th, 1821. The two sky blue stripes represent the two oceans Guatemala is in between; the Pacific and the Atlantic. The white stripe in the middle represents the country’s values and peace, representing purity. Guatemala is a unique and beautiful country, and their flag is conveys that well.