Flag of Sint Eustatius

The flag of Caribbean Netherlands island of Sint Eustatius (Statia) consists of a blue field, red fimbriations, and in the center, a white diamond with a silhouette of the island. The flag was designed by Zuwena Suares[1] and adopted on 29 July 2004[2] to be put into use on 16 November of that year (Statia Day). Since 2010, it has been the official flag of the special municipality of Sint Eustatius.[2]

The flag of Sint Eustatius
Roosevelt Plaque in Oranjestad, Sint Eustatius; Sint Eustatius flag is visible at upper right

DescriptionEdit

The flag is rectangular with the colors blue, red, white, gold and green, and divided in four five-sided blue polygons, each fimbriated red.[1][3] In its center is a diamond-form white field; in the diamond is the silhouette of the island in green.[1] In the center in the top of the diamond is a five-pointed golden/yellow star.[1][a]

The colours of the flag each have their own meaning.[1] The gold star represents unity, the four blue polygons represent the ocean that surrounds St. Eustasius, the Green shows the Quill, the red represents the Delonix regia, a flamboyant tree which was used by slaves to celebrate Emancipation Day, the white diamond in the center represents a once diamond water fall which is referred to in the national anthem, "Golden Rock".[1]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The island's flag law refers to both the color "gold/yellow" (goud/geel) and "a golden star" (een gouden ster).[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Frequesntly asked Questions: Does Statia have its own flag and coat of arms?". St Eustatius Tourism. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Eilandsverordening, houdende regelen betreffende de vlag van het eilandgebied St. Eustatius at the Officiële Bekendmakingen Repository. Retrieved 30 July 2022.
  3. ^ John van Kerkhof. "Commissie van Wijzen gaat Sint-Eustatius doorlichten." Knipselkrant Curaçao. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2022. "Vlag Nederland en St. Eustatius." (image) (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Eilandsverordening, houdende regelen betreffende de vlag van het eilandgebied St. Eustatius at Overheid.nl. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2022.