A Brief History of Flags

communities used flags exclusively

Flags are a unit of measurement, which represents a geographical location, political subdivision or community. A flag is usually a plain piece of cloth with special design, colors and symbols. It’s use is for identification, a signaling device, or simply for decoration. Some communities used flags exclusively, some used just flags as symbols of affiliation with clubs or volunteer organizations.

The primary colors used in flags may be red, white or blue. The central design may be in the form of a cone, circle, square, or irregular shape. The material that the flag is made of will depend on what the purpose of the flag is. If the purpose of the flag is for identification, the material will be determined by the standards set down by the government. If it’s for identification, the material used should be uniform throughout the country.

National flags

National flags are usually blue because that was the standard color for the time. It wasn’t until after the Middle Ages that different colors began to be used for flags. In the early Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Empire used the red and black flag as their symbol of defense against pagan attacks. Afterward, the English used the red and white battle flag, which was red in color all over while the German military used the black flag.

While colors are still an important part of the design of flags today, it has become less important than what kind of symbolism or meaning of the flag has. Many modern countries have incorporated national symbols and ideas into their flags. For example, the Greek flag has the rainbow, the Greek letters omega (omega is “large”) and the eagles. Canada’s Flag contains numerous maple leaves and the words” Canadians” along with its blue background. The UK’s flag contains gold flowering and Union Jack, while Spain’s flag includes crowns, swords and the shield of the King of Spain.

different flags

As stated earlier, many of these different flags have a common symbolism in their history; however they also have various other commonalities. The main article of the flag states the country where the flag was made and is usually called the national flag. Some flags have only one main article, while others have two main articles which are called the national coat of arms and the flag.

Historically, only the main article of a flag was used. A secondary main article, sometimes referred to as the provincial coat-of-arms, was used on provincial flags. This added another layer of history to the battlements of each country. Today, most countries use at least one main and secondary flag with each representing their state or region.

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