Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 23 through 29, 2012

Featured flags from our list of the week are:

State of Arkansas

A diamond on a red field represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been discovered and mined. The twenty-five white stars around the diamond mean that Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union. The top of four stars in the center represents that Arkansas was a member of the Confederate States during the Civil War. The other three stars represent Spain, France and the United States, countries that had earlier ruled the land that includes Arkansas.

Republic of Moldova

Moldavian Flag Description
The flag of Moldova consists of three equal-sized vertical stripes - the left stripe is blue; the middle one yellow; and the right stripe is red. In the middle of the yellow stripe and the flag is the country's coat of arms, which consists of an eagle with the red and blue horizontally divided shield of Moldova on its chest. The shield contains various traditional emblems surrounding a stylized aurochs (European bison) head.

The Moldavian flag was based on the Romanian national flag and represents Moldova's shared heritage with Romania. The coat of arms consists of the eagle of Walachia holding an Orthodox Christian cross in its beak and an olive branch in one talon, with the scepter of Michael the Brave of Walachia in the other. Walachia is a historic region of Eastern Europe.

The flag of Qatar was officially adopted in 1949.

The story goes that Qatar's original flag used an unstable red dye, and the relentless sun faded that red into a shade of maroon, and that color is referred to today as Qatar Maroon. The toothy edge between the maroon and white fields, and the flag's width, helps to identify it from that of Bahrain's flag, a Gulf State's country that it was formerly associated with.

Monday April 23 Peru and Wyoming
Tuesday April 24 Philippines and Alabama
Wednesday April 25 Poland and Alaska
Thursday April 26 Portugal and American Samoa
Friday April 27 Qatar and Arizona
Saturday April 28 Republic of Moldova and Arkansas
Sunday April 29 Romania and California

I hope you enjoy learning just a little bit more about the flags of other countries and states, and that you are able to use this knowledge to prompt more interest in the peoples of the entire world.

The changing flags on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel are our small contribution to world peace.

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