Do you have a flag?

The very funny, British comedian Eddie Izzard does a wonderful bit about imperialism. In it, he talks about invading countries taking over foreign lands. It seems that if the occupied country has no flag, then it is fair game for the invaders.

Thankfully for Newfoundland, it has a flag and a unique one it is. Designed by Christopher Pratt and adopted by the province in 1980, all the colors and shapes have a significant meaning. White represents the snow and the ice, of which there can be a lot of in winter; blue equals the sea which completely informs the culture; red is for human efforts; gold speaks to the “confidence in ourselves”; blue is their Commonwealth heritage (the Union Jack); and the red and gold section signifies their future.

The two triangles outlined in red show the mainland and island reaching forward together; and the golden arrow points to a bright future.

The design of the flag is also symbolic. Featured in this design is the Christian Cross; the Beothuk and Naskapi ornamentation (vanished native North American tribes); the outline of the maple leaf (really!) in the center of the flag; a triumphant figure and their place in the space age. Also, the image of the trident is evident. This underscores their dependence on the sea’s resources (read this as fish). When it is hung as a banner, the shape of a sword is obvious as a remembrance of war veterans. It is a flag laden with complex meanings. But a handsome one. My thanks to worldflags101.com for the complete story.

What? You say you’ve never seen one before? Look for the bicyclist wearing a jersey with the flag as the main artwork on it. Be careful though and don’t get too close to Flags, look it, that’s me on the bike.

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