Throughout history, different countries, religions, and sects have created flags to show their solidarity and identity, whether that be to opposing forces to announce their presence or even occupation. The best flags are full of symbols with special meanings. Here are the custom flags from a several different countries.
#1 – United States – The flag known as “Old Glory” features 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies that unified to overthrow British rule. The 50 stars represent the 50 states of the republican form of government. The red denotes hardiness and valor. The blue denotes vigilance and justice. The white signifies purity and innocence.
#2 – United Kingdom – Known as the Union Jack, the flag for the United Kingdom is one of the oldest flags in the world. There was a time when the sun never set on the British Empire during their colonial reign and the Union Jack was proudly flown to show British dominance. The flag is actually the combination of three flags and three patron saints. England and Wales are represented by the red St. George’s cross on the white background. Scotland is represented by the white-colored St. Andrew’s cross on blue background. Ireland is represented by the red diagonal cross on the white background of St. Patrick’s cross.
#3 – Canada – The Maple Leaf Flag has only two colors. Red comes from St. George’s cross. The white comes from the French royal emblem. The maple leaf is centered along the white stripe. It was added during World War I when the Canadian prime minister noticed that Canadian troops included a maple life on their military gear.
#4 – France – This flag was inspired by the red, white, and blue badge worn by King Louis XVI. White represents French royalty. Red and blue represent the lively life of Paris as the nation’s capital. The colors have come to be associated with the three ideals of the French Revolution which are liberty, equality, and fraternity.
#5 – Cambodia – Three blue-red-blue horizontal stripes form the Cambodian flag. The two blue stripes represent the nation’s royalty. The red stripes denote the nation itself. A three-towered temple known as Angkor Wat sits at the center. Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument and is located in Cambodia.
#6 – Nepal – This is the only nation flag not in rectangular shape. The flag’s two overlapping triangles denote the Himalayan mountains and the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The blue represents the hope of peace. The moon and sun represent the country’s desire to exist as long as heavenly bodies.
Each of these custom flags, and flags representing different countries around the world, evoke pride in one’s country and all that it stands for.