Flag of Antigua and Barbuda
The national flag of Antigua and Barbuda was adopted on February 27, 1967, and was designed by a nationally acclaimed artist and sculptor, Sir Reginald Samuel. The design of the National Flag is a red field with an inverted isosceles triangle based on the top edge of the field pointed toward the bottom edge of the field bearing the horizontal tricolor of black, light blue (half width) and white with the rising sun centered on top of the black band. The rising sun symbolizes the dawning of a new era. The colors have different meanings, the black is for the African ancestry of the people, the blue for hope, the red for energy or dynamism of the people. The successive coloring of yellow, blue, and white (from the sun down) also stands for the sun, sea, and sand. The blue also represents the Caribbean Sea, and the V-shape is the symbol of victory.
The flag dates from the achievement of self-government in 1967. It was the winning design in a competition that more than 600 local people entered. The designer and winner was Sir Reginald Samuel.
The state ensign, which is used only by the national coast guard, consists of a white field, a red cross, and the state flag in the canton.
- Antigua and Barbuda at Flags of the World
- Antigua and Barbuda - Colonial Flags (1956-1967) at Flags of the World
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