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DR Symbols

The Flag was designed by Juan Pablo Duarte and created by Concepción Bona and María Trinidad Sánchez. Raised for the first time on February 27, 1944, it is what identifies the Dominican Republic as a free and sovereign country.

The Meaning of The Flag:

Red represents the blood spilled by the liberators.
Blue expresses the ideals of progress, liberty, and God's protection
The Cross is the symbol of the fight of the liberators.

The Shield:

The shield was created during the era of the proclamation of national independence, and has the Bible in the center. Since its inception, the shield has gone through more than 14 changes. However, the current shield has been in place since 1913.
The design of the Dominican flag is actually directly spelled out in their Constitution. Article 96 dictates that the shield has the same colors as the national flag, with a Bible opened to John 8:32 to read "The truth will set you free." Surrounding the Bible are two spears pointed in the air and 4 Dominican flags without shields. All of this is then crowned by a laurel branch, palm leaf, and banners which read "God, Country and Liberty;" and the words “Dominican Republic."

The Anthem:

The National Anthem is another important symbol of Dominican History. Although it was written in 1897, it did not become the official anthem until 1934. The words were written by Emilio Prud'Homme and the music was composed by José Reyes.

Brave men of Quisqueya
Let us sing with strong feeling,
And let us show the world
Our invincible, glorious banner.
Hail! the people who, strong and intrepid,
Launched into war to their death,
Under a warlike menace of death,
You broke your chains of slavery.
No country deserves to be free
If it is an indolent and servile slave;
If the call does not grow within,
Tempered by a virile heroism.
But the brave and indomitable Quisqueya
Will always hold its head up high;
For if it were a thousand times enslaved
It would a thousand times regain freedom.

If it were to be exposed to ruse and deceit
To the contempt of a true imposer,
The fields of Carreras, Beller are
where traces of glory are found.
Where on the summit of the heroic bastion,
The word of the free became flesh,
Where the genius of Sánchez and Duarte
Taught to be free or to die.
And if an unattended leader
the splendor, of these glorious events could ignore,
of the war that was seen in Capotillo,
Wave the flag of fire.
And the fire that lets the proud lion
Of Castilla become stupefied,
Removes him from the glorious beaches
Where the crossed banner waves.

Compatriots, let us proudly
Show our face, from today prouder than ever;
That Quisqueya may be destroyed
but a slave again, never.
It is a sanctuary of love that every heart
in the fatherland feels alive;
And it is its invincible shield, the right;
And it is its motto: be free or die.
Freedom that still arises serenely
Victory in her triumphal chariot.
And the clarion of war still echoes
Proclaiming its immortal glory.
Freedom! That the echoes should shake
Whilst filled with noble anxiety
Our fields of glory repeat
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
Emilio Prud'Homme

The Fathers:

Dominicans still remember their liberators who fought for the country's independence in 1844. Known as the "Fathers of the Fatherland," this includes Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Ramón Matías Mella.

The Constitution:

The Constitution is also an important symbol of Dominican patriotism. Although it has undergone many changes since November 6, 1844 it is still revered as the highest law of the land.

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