Sunday, March 04, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 5 through 11, 2012

Here are the flags which will fly on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel in the coming week, along with some information about a few of them.

Monday, March 5        Jordan and Colorado

Jordan's Flag

The flag of Jordan, officially adopted on 2 September 1920, is based on the flag of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The flag consists of horizontal black, white, and green bands that are connected by a red chevron. The colors stand are the Pan-Arab Colors, representing the Abbasid (black band),Umayyad (white band), and Fatimid (green band) caliphates. The red chevron is for the Hashemite dynasty, and the Arab Revolt.
The seven-pointed star stands for the seven verses of the first surah in the Qur'an, and also stands for the unity of the Arab peoples. Some believe it also refers to the seven hills on which Amman, the capital, was built.
In addition to the bands and chevron, a white star with seven points is featured on the hoist side of the red chevron. The seven points symbolize the seven verses of Islamic belief, which is mentioned at the beginning of Qur’an. The seven points represent faith in one God, humanity, humility, national spirit, virtue, social justice, and aspiration. The star also stands for the unity of the Arab nation.

Tuesday, March 6        Kazakhstan and Connecticut

Connecticut's Flag

The flag of the state of Connecticut consists of a white baroque shield with three grapevines (each bearing three bunches of purple grapes) on a field of azure blue. The banner below the shield reads "Qui Transtulit Sustinet", ("He who transplanted still sustains"), the state's motto. The flag dimensions are 5.5 feet (1.7 m) in length and 4.33 feet (1.32 m) in width.
The Connecticut General Assembly approved the flag in 1897 after it was introduced by Governor Owen Vincent Coffin in 1895.
The design comes from the seal of Saybrook Colony when it was established in 1639. That seal depicted 15 grapevines and a hand in the upper left corner with a scroll reading "Sustinet qui transtulit". When Connecticut Colony bought Saybrook in 1644, the seal transferred to Connecticut Colony. On October 25, 1711, the governor and legislature changed the seal. They reduced the number of grapevines from 15 to three, in order to represent the three oldest settlements (WindsorWethersfield, and Hartford)(or possibly the three separate settlements,Connecticut ColonySaybrook Colony, and New Haven Colony, which had been absorbed into Connecticut by that time) and rearranged the wording and position of the motto.
In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. stateU.S. territorial andCanadian provincial flags. The survey found the Connecticut flag to be ranked in the bottom 25, ranked 50th out of the 72.

Wednesday, March 7   Kenya and Delaware
Thursday, March 8       Kiribati and District of Columbia
Friday, March  9          Korea (Democratic People's Republic of) and Florida

Florida's Flag

The flag of the State of Florida consists of a red saltire (diagonal cross) on a white background, with the Seal of Florida superimposed on the center. The design was approved by a popular referendum in 1900. The current design has been in use since 1985, after the State Seal was graphically improved and officially sanctioned for use by State officials.

The term "Five Flags over Florida" usually refers to the five governments that have exerted sovereignty over all or part of Florida: the flags ofSpainFranceGreat Britain, the United States, and the Confederacy. At various times in its history, at least 16 different flags have been used in Florida or parts of Florida.

Saturday, March 10      Kuwait and Georgia
Sunday, March 11        Kyrgyzstan and Guam

I hope to see you here.


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