Buenos Aires, 20 June 2022 (TDI): Argentina observes National Flag Day on 20 June each year. Primarily known as el Día de la Bandera Nacional’, the day is celebrated in the memory of its designer, General Manuel Belgrano.

The original date of the design of the flag is February 27, 1812. However, that anniversary is not recognized; later in 1938, 20 June was declared the day.

The commemoration includes a public meeting, speeches by local and provincial officials, the presence of the President, and a procession that includes members of the military, Falkland War veterans, police officers, and a variety of civilian groups and associations.

Historical significance: 

The National Flag Memorial in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, is the major venue of the Flag Day celebrations. The flag was initially raised atop two artillery positions on opposing sides of the Paraná River.

Belgrano took the inspiration for this flag during his time as commander of the war, taking place near Rosario. He noticed that the armies loyal to the crown wore the same colored clothes in Spain. Afterward, he designed a new flag including the same colors as the now flown by the Criollos during the May Revolution of 1810.

The current flag of Argentina was adopted in 1812. It consists of three equal bands of blue, white, and light blue, equally separated. Later, the officials changed and added a sun to the center in 1818.

Flag Day
The blue and white in the national flag symbolize the clear skies and snow of the Andes, whereas the sun is the official symbol of Argentina.

The version of the flag without the sun is the ornamental flag. Also, the original design of the flag differed from the official version. It had two vertical stripes, one blue and the other white. The ornamental flies below the official ceremony flag.

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