Mauritius – National Flags

At Collinsflags.com we carry over 75 national flags ranging from the popular to lesser known. One flag/nation many might not recognize is the flag of Mauritius. The Republic of Mauritius is a volcanic island located in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar.

History

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Uninhibited until 1638, the Dutch named the island after Prince Maurice van Nassau. After the Dutch abandon the island in 1710, the French came across the island, using it as a trading port between Europe and the East. From the 1810-1968, the British took power over the island until they relinquished control of the colony to the people of the island.

Mauritius Flag

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The flag of Mauritius is known as Les Quatre Bandes or the Four Bands. Adopted upon independence on March 12th, 1968, the flag consists of four horizontal bands of equal width, coloured red, blue, yellow and green. The red stands for the bloodshed at the time of slavery and colonization and the struggle for independence and freedom. The blue symbolizes the Indian Ocean and green for the lush vegetation on the Island. The Yellow represents the golden sunshine and bright future for the nation.

Fun Facts

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The Dodo is the national bird but is an extinct species as they were only found on this island.

Sugar cane is the major cash crop grown on the island and take up over 80% of the islands land.

The official languages of this country are French, Bhojpuri, Creole and English. Several different races inhibit the island like Hindus, Muslims and Creoles with the primary religion being Catholics.

Mauritius doesn’t maintain a standing army.

Mauritius is the richest and most densely populated among other nations of Africa.

To learn more about the flag make or order your Mauritius flag today head over to CollinsFlags.com today!

Sources: Buzz South Africa & Wikipedia

Olympic Torch 2016 – Popular Flag Photos during the Torch Relay

Thursday began the Olympic torch race for the 2016 Summer Games with a ceremonial lighting of the flame in Greece.

History of the Olympic Torch

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Since the Berlin Olympics in 1936, the Olympic torch relays have begun in Olympia, Greece before being flown or shipped to its next leg of the race. The same will be happening this year as the torch makes its way on a 6 day tour through Greek cities before flying to Switzerland for a tour before flying again to Brazil where it will trek through 329 Brazilian cities ending in Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic Torch Rio 2016

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In this photo, President Dilma Rouseff holds the Olympic torch accompanied by several other Brazilian politicians.

The highest part of the torch stands for the Brazilian sky, which shines and illuminates everything it touches. The golden color also represents the gold medals athletes seek at the games. The green tier of the torch represents the mountains in their natural beauty with the green curves of its hills and valleys. The three blue tiers represent the sea, which may associate with the landscapes of Brazil and Rio. The last tier is for the ground, the land that holds Brazil’s history.

Past Torch Relays

United Kingdom

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Flags lined the streets as the Olympic torch was carried through a town in England on its way to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Greece

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Greek high jumper Dimitrios Chondrokoukis lit a cauldron with the Olympic torch at the Acropolis in Athens on its way to the 2012 London Olympics.

China

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In 2008, Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics while “flying” through the stadium. Behind him flew the China Peoples Republic flag.

Interested in learning more about the Olympics and nations that have participated in them? Stay tuned as we will be posting more history and updates as the games date closes in. In the meantime read our story over the 120th Olympic Anniversary and shop Collinsflags.com for all your flag needs!

Source: Rico2016.com & Wikipedia

120th Anniversary of the Olympics – A Look into the First Inaugural Year

The 1896 Summer Olympics was a multi-sport event in Athens, Greece from April 6-15, 1896. Since Ancient Greece was where the Olympic Games first began, Athens was the obvious choice for the inaugural modern Games.

 Most Successful Athlete

Carl Schuhmann of Germany won a total of four gold medals to become the most successful athlete of the inaugural Olympics. Schuhmann participated in gymnastics, wrestling and weightlifting but only medaled in gymnastics and wrestling.

Top Five Nations by Medal Count

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United States

Gold: 11 Silver: 7 Bronze: 2

Total: 20

Greece

Gold: 10 Silver: 17 Bronze: 19

Total: 46

Germany

Gold: 6 Silver: 5 Bronze: 2

Total: 13

France

Gold: 5 Silver: 4 Bronze: 2

Total: 11

Great Britain

Gold: 2 Silver: 3 Bronze: 2

Total: 7

Events Held

In 1896 the events held were Athletics (Track events), Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. Today there are more than over 25 sports played in the Olympics!

Fun Facts

The Olympic flag wasn’t created until 1914 by Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the modern Olympic Games.

The first Olympics featured 280 participants and 13 nations. There were 60,000 participants at the first Olympics and only men competed.

What will this year’s Olympics hold for us as we near Rio 2016 in a few short months? Are you going? Tell us what you’re most excited for in the comments below! Also, stay tuned for our Modern Day Olympics blog. Next, on the blog!

Cubs Win Flag – Sports

If you’re from the Mid-West chances are you’re either a Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs or St. Louis Cardinals fan when it comes to baseball. And if you’re a cubs fan, you’re probably sitting on the edge of your seat every game dreaming of the next Cubs World Series win.

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One thing the Cubs are known for, aside from not holding a World Series title since 1908, is fly win and loss flags over the stadium.  In what soon became a tradition after the construction of the scoreboard in 1937, the Cubs have flown these flags over the stadium for the last 79 years!

History

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Established in 1876, the Cubs were a founding member in the National League. The Cubs are tied for the distinction of being the oldest active U.S. Professional sports club with the Atlanta Braves, which began playing in 1876 as the Boston Red Stockings. In 1906 the team set a record of 116 wins which still stands today. However, they also hold the longest championship drought of any major North American pro sports team, not winning the World Series in 107 years.

Names & Nicknames

Names: Chicago White Stockings (1876-1889), Chicago Colts (1890-1897), Chicago Orphan (1898-1902), Chicago Cubs (1903-present)

Nicknames: The Cubbies, the Lovable Losers, the Boys in Blue, the Blue Bears

Curse of the Billy Goat

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In 1945, during game 4 of the World Series, owner of Billy Goat Tavern Billy Sianis was asked to leave Wrigley Field because the smell of his pet goat was bothering fans. In a fit of anger, Sianis declared, Them Cubs, they aint gonna win no more.” The cubs haven’t played in a World Series since.

Retired Numbers

#42 Jackie Robinson on April 15, 1997

# 14 Ernie Banks on August 22, 1982

#26 Billy Williams on August 13, 1987

#10 Ron Santo on September 28, 2003

#Ryne Sandberg on August 28, 2005

#31 Ferguson Jenkins on May 3, 2009

Similar National Flags – Romania, Chad, Moldova and Andorra

Though there are around 200 national flags in the world, many of them look quite similar in color and design. Often these similar designs are purely coincidental, but other times these nations have ties to one another and are influenced by another flag

Below the Andorra, Romania, Moldova and Chad flag all share a very similar color scheme of blue, yellow and red in a vertical thirds design.

Romania

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Pantone: blue 280c, yellow 116c, red 186c

Ratio: 2:3

The similarities between the Romania and Chad flag have caused international discussion. In 2004, Chad requested the United Nations examine the issue but Romania refused a flag change. Another flag similar to Romania’s is the flag of Moldova. The difference lies in the 1:2 ratio, lighter blue shade and the Moldova coat of arms in the center of their flag.

Chad

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Pantone: blue, 281c, yellow 116c, blue 186c

Ratio: 2:3

The flag of Chad is similar to that of Romania and Andorra with the exception of Romania’s flag being a lighter shade of blue. Adopted in June 0f 1959, the Chad flag has not changed despite the many political upheavals within the country.

Moldova

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Pantone: blue 293c, yellow 109c, red 186c

Ratio: 1:2

Moldova is a landlocked country located between Romania and Ukraine. As part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moldova declared its independence on August 27, 1991.

As referred to in Romania’s description, Moldova’s national flag is very similar. The major difference is the coat of arms. The coat features a dark golden eagle holding an Orthodox Christian cross in its beak. The eagle holds an olive branch to symbolize peace. The red and blue shield on the eagle’s chest holds the traditional symbols of Moldova.

Andorra

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Pantone: Blue 072 C, Yellow C, Red 199 C

Ratio: 7:10

Andorra is a small, landlocked microstate located between Spain and France. Known as the sixth-smallest nation in Europe, Andorra has a population of 85,000 people.

The flags design is linked to France and Spain, having the tricolor design with blue and red similar to France and red and yellow of Spanish inspiration. The motto on the coat of arms reads Virtus Unita Fortior means “Virtue United is Stronger”.

Stay tuned as we compare the Netherlands and France.

No New Flag for New Zealand

The Decision is in!

For the last few months, we at CollinsFlags.com have been following the process of New Zealand’s possible new flag. Sadly, this story has finally come to an end.

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The final votes were collected Monday night with last minute votes coming in until Wednesday. The results determined the current New Zealand flag will stay in place.

The Process

In May 2015, we discussed whether or not New Zealand should change flags as they began flag submissions.

Starting with nearly 10,000 submissions, New Zealands “Flag Consideration Panel” came across some strange submissions as they narrowed the list down to 40 potential designs.

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After narrowed to 40, the list was again narrowed down to five designs which consisted of mainly a silver fern design. Even still, conversation surrounding the debate suggested many Kiwi’s wanted to keep the original flag, saying none of the new flags represented them well enough.

After five flags were chosen the list shrunk to four before the Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue version) by Kyle Lockwood was chosen as the final flag to run against the current.

The Results

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Wednesday as the last of late votes found their way in from overseas, the final count was tallied and the national flag triumphed. With an overall turnout rate of 2,135,622 or 67.8%, the national flag won with a total 1,208,702 vote – winning by over 287,000 votes.

Conversation is already begun that there could be another vote in the future. Do you think the Kiwi’s will ever get a new flag? Who’s happy to see it stay? Let us know in the comments.
Source: nzherald.co.nz and Stuff.co.nz

Flag Flying Controversies Around the World – US and UK

If you’ve been following our Facebook posts, you know there has been a lot of controversy around flag flying recently.

Ohio

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In August, Ohio veteran Keith Ludwig came to a head with this apartment complex over flying his American flag from his balcony. Ludwig had lived there for two years without any issues presented to date.

After the story was covered by Fox 8 News, Ludwig was informed his flag could keep flying!

Wisconsin

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Just last week in the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Treasure Cove store owner Joanne Patzfahl was contacted by the city to remove her flag pole after 30 years of displaying it on her storefronts sidewalk.

Patzfahl was contacted a day after newscasters covered her story and was notified her flag could once again fly in the spot it has for 30 years.

United Kingdom

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Now, we have flag flying controversy popping up from overseas as Southern Cemetery in Chorlton, Manchester, United Kingdom has ordered all families to remove flags flying on the property by Sunday April 3rd.

The cemetery stated that in hopes of maintaining ‘a quiet place of reflection’ and complaints filed by other mourners, the flags must be removed.

One family in particular is devastated by the cemeteries request. Adam Collins, whose grandfather James Collins was buried in October of 2014, says the decision caused a huge upset to his family. The Collins’ have always placed an Irish flag on James’ grave to symbolize his proud Irish heritage.

Adam branded the decision as ‘disgusting’ and says the flag is simply intended as a sign of respect.

While in the United States cases, the flag flyers triumphed and their flags stayed, what will happen in the case of Chorlton? Will these mourning families be able to bear their flags as always or will the cemetery staff triumph? What do you think should happen?

 

Prayers Are Going Up – Koontz and Brussels

“Prayers are going up!” These are the words that accompany a photo of The Collin’s Groups new 30×50 flag on Britney O’Neil-Bishir’s snapchat story Tuesday.

“The prayers are for Officer Koontz, Dr. and Mrs. Dryer, and Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson that were involved in a horrible car accident. Not to mention everything else that is going on around the world.” Bishir explains when asked about the words that accompany this photo.

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This week has been filled with tragedy starting with the death of Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz in an overnight shooting in Russiaville Sunday morning in CollinsFlags.com’s home state of Indiana.

To follow this local injustice, just this morning around 8 a.m., ISIS claimed another strike in Europe.  The bombings occurred in an airport and subway, in Brussels, Belgium, killing at least 30 people and wounding over 230 more.

“Tomorrow is never promised! The flag is absolutely breath taking. It really makes you stop and think about how much we really have to be thankful for, including our freedom.” Bishir said. We would certainly agree with that here at Collinsflags.com.

Social Media

Many have turned to social media to show support in this time of despair. Below are just a few of the many posts.

Officer Carl Koontz

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Hamilton County FOP 103 Indiana posted a photo from the police procession that began Monday afternoon in Indianapolis to transport Koontz’s body back to Howard country. The Facebook post read “All gave some, some gave all. Rest in peace Brother Koontz.”

Brussels

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Several photos and hashtags have flooded twitter and Instagram since this morning’s attack on Brussels. Hashtags range from #PrayforBrussels, #PrayforBelgium and #Prayfortheworld with hundreds of people, celebrity and otherwise paying their respects to this terrible attack.

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Continue to keep these people on your thoughts and prayers as we will.

Source: FOX59 and CNN

Will the Milwaukee Flag Finally Get the Makeover It Needs?

If you’ve seen the Milwaukee flag or read our blog, “Flag Design Principles”, you’d know that the city flag of Milwaukee doesn’t stick to most of the design principles.

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In that blog, we discussed Roman Mars who hosted a TED Talk over flag design principles from over a year ago.  During that talk, he mentioned the Milwaukee flag. Mars ironically describes the flag as “distinctive” and a hot mess.

Many have been lobbied to change the flag over the years. Two contests have been helped since its adoption, one in 1975 and another in 2001 but neither flag replaced the original.

In 2015, a graphic designer launched a flag contest to be completed in June 2016, making this the third competition since 1975. Will the current flag competition finally turn out a new flag for Milwaukee? Something that follows the flag design principles of being simple, using meaningful symbolism, two to three basic colors, no lettering or seals and be distinctive or related? We sure hope so!

The timeline for the current flag competition is as follows:

April 14 – Deadline for flag design submissions

April 14-21 All flag design submissions will be judged by panel of experts

May 14 City Hall exhibit for top 50 designs and top 5 finalists

June 14 Winner announcement party (on Flag Day) at Radio Milwaukee

We wish you the best on this endeavor, Milwaukee. In the meantime, we wanted to finish by looking at some of the many new flag examples on the internet currently.

Postal Worker Salutes Flag and Recites Pledge of Allegiance Each Morning

In the small town of Kirbyville, Missouri, one postal worker starts her day with a salute to the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Last Friday, Steve Gray of Arkansas was traveling on Missouri 76 when Kirbyville Postal Clerk Laura Topel caught his eye. Topel was standing outside, holding her hand over her heart saluting the U.S. flag, while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Gray posted a photo of Topel saluting the flag on Facebok with comments supporting her actions.

Topel’s actions made such an impression on Gray that he stopped into the post office on his way home for more information on what he had seen.

Topel confirmed to Gray that she does in fact salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning but has experienced some criticism.

“One person in this town thinks I need to keep my views to myself,” Topel said.

Topel also said sometimes neighbors will join here and salute the flag with her.

“Some have stood quietly with me and some have joined with me in the pledge,” Topel said. “I never imagined how this would take off.”

Danny Strahan, who represents Kirbyville as the Eastern Commissioner on the Taney County Commission, would rather have people saluting the flag than burning it.

“I think that was great that lady had the nerve to get out there and do that, especially when she might get criticized for it in this day and age,” Strahan said. “We’ve got people that hate our country. They live here in this country and accept the things we offer, but they act like they hate our country. So, for somebody to get out there and salute our flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance, I think it’s great.”

“It’s kind of sad in a way that this is so unique that it’s caused a stir,” Topel said.

She said a few people have called in and said, “Our country is going downhill, you shouldn’t salute the flag.”

Topel said she doesn’t see it that way, “You may not like President Obama and you may not like what Congress is doing, but you still should salute our flag and honor it because it represents all the soldiers who have fought for and died for our freedom.”

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