The current El Salvador flag was adopted in 1912. Its design is based on the flag of the Federal Republic of Central America and the Argentina flag. The white stripe symbolizes peace. The blue stripes symbolize the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Blue also signifies the trade of anil
, which is used to make indigo dye. The government version of this flag includes a coat of arms with the motto Dios Union Libertad
, or “God, Union, Liberty.” The civil version does not include the coat of arms.
This flag is dyed on silky, lustrous rayon and is hemmed and mounted to a black pole that includes a gold-painted spear. The 4 in. x 6 in. flag is mounted to a 10 in. pole, while the 8 in. x 12 in. flag is mounted to a 19 in. pole including 1 in. spear. Base not included.