Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 20 through 26, 2012


Monday, February 20 ~~ Haiti and Utah
Tuesday, February 21 ~~ Honduras and Vermont


Vermont's flag consists of the state's coat of arms and motto on a field of azure. While the pine needle supporters of the coat of arms are represented throughout New England, the pine tree in the middle of the coat of arms represents the Vermont forests. The cow and three sheaves of wheat represent the dairy and agriculture industries. The deer head on top represents Vermont's wildlife. The Green Mountains are in the background as well. The motto, "Freedom and Unity", is also used. The motto balances two different ideals, the freedom of the individual citizen, and the welfare of the common good.

Wednesday, February 22 ~~ Hungary and Virginia
Thursday, February 23 ~~ Iceland and Virgin Islands


Iceland's first national flag was a white cross on a deep blue background. It was first shown in parade in 1897. The modern flag dates from 1915, when a red cross was inserted into the white cross of the original flag. This cross represents Christianity. It was adopted and became the national flag when Iceland gained independence from Denmark in 1918. For the Icelandic people the flag's colouring represents a vision of their country's landscape. The colours stand for 3 of the elements that make up the island. Red is the fire produced by the island's volcanoes, white recalls the ice and snow that covers Iceland, and blue for the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, February 24 ~~ India and Washington


The National flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of deep saffronwhite and India green; with the Ashok Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre. It was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947, when it became the official flag of the Dominion of India. The flag was subsequently retained as that of the Republic of India. In India, the term "tricolour" (Hindiतिरंगा, Tirangā) almost always refers to the Indian national flag. The flag is based on the Swaraj flag, a flag of the Indian National Congress designed by Pingali Venkayya.

The saffron color represents courage and sacrifice; white - truth and purity; green - peace and prosperity; and the Ashok Chakra represents the Laws of Dharma (righteousness).

Saturday, February 25 ~~ Indonesia and West Virginia
Sunday, February 26 ~~ Iran and Wisconsin

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There are no special requests for this week.  Therefore our flags on the front of the historic Hawthorne Hotel will be flown in alphabetical order, flags of the countries of the United Nations, and alphabetical order, flags of states of the USA.

If you have a special request, call us at 978-825-4444 or 4322.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

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