Sunday, July 01, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ July 2 through 8, 2012

Flying on the front of the hotel this week, we have:

Monday, July 2 Australia and *Georgia

The flag of Georgia is by special request for Barb Mills Gretter.

As the above picture of the Australian Flag indicates the overall background is Blue

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Australian flag represent the following:

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength and valour

The basic style shown in the picture of the Australian flag is described as Canton.

The Australian flag pictures a large seven-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star which  represents the federation of the colonies of Australia in 1901

The Commonwealth Star depicts one point for each of the six original states and one representing the six original states and the territories of Australia

The Commonwealth Star is displayed in the lower hoist-side quadrant

The fly half of the Australian flag pictures a representation of the Southern Cross constellation featuring white stars, one small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars.

It is based on the British blue ensign as the flag was originally mainly intended for naval use.

The Meaning & History of the Australian Flag - The Union Jack was first used as the unofficial Australian national flag. On 14th April 1954 the "Blue Ensign" flag became the official Australian flag. The blue ensign design was adopted over the red ensign design as red was viewed as the symbol of communism.

On May 8, 2003, Governor Sonny Perdue signed H.B. 380 creating a new state flag for Georgia. The act became effective immediately, giving Georgia its third state flag in a period of 27 months. Support for the new flag came from critics of the 2001 flag and those who felt there should be a public referendum on the state flag. The legislation also provided for a statewide advisory referendum on March 2, 2004, at which time voters will choose between the 2001 and 2003 flags. However, results of the referendum are not binding, and any future flag change will require an act of the General Assembly.

Georgia's new state flag is based on the first national flag of the Confederacy (the "Stars and Bars") and consists of a field of three horizontal bars of equal width, two red separated by a white bar in the center. In the upper left corner is a square blue canton the width of two bars. In the center of the canton is a circle of 13 white stars, symbolizing Georgia and the other 12 original states that formed the United States of America. Within the circle of stars is Georgia's coat of arms (the central design on the state seal) immediately above the words "In God We Trust" -- both in gold.

Tuesday , July 3 Austria and Guam
Wednesday , July 4 Azerbaijan and Hawaii
Thursday , July 5 Bahamas and Idaho
Friday , July 6 Bahrain and Illinois
Saturday , July 7 Bangladesh and Indiana
Sunday , July 8 Barbados and Iowa

Having three vertical stripes blue, white and red the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is a bald eagle carrying a blue streamer in its beak. The state motto " Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We will Maintain" is written on the streamer. The name of the state is emblazoned in red letters.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about some flags.


1 comment:

  1. Awww... Thank you, Juli! I'm looking forward to finally meeting you!