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Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for the Virgin Islands' Flag

For this, my fourth year doing the challenge, I've decided to share place names from the Virgin Islands. For such a small spot in the ocean, it seems like every rock, cove, hill and house has been christened. The names are a unique mix of Spanish, Danish, French, Dutch, English, and African to name a few.

The Virgin Islands' Flag
The islands were bought from Denmark in 1917. The flag was adopted in 1921. The eagle, on a white field, holds an olive branch in one talon, and three arrows in the other, representing the three major islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. The colors are yellow, for the various characteristics of the territory and the flowers; green, symbolizing the hills; white, depicts the clouds; blue, for the waters and red, for love.

Other V Names:
Vessup Bay, St. Thomas Nice pictures of the beach.
Vluck Point, St. Thomas


  1. A very colorful flag. I wonder why Denmark wanted to sell.

  2. How interesting to learn about the symbolism in the flag.

  3. Nick, Yes, and it reflects the pride of being American.

    Manzanite, The Danes needed money, and the US was looking for a way to help protect the Panama Canal. The islands are strategically placed so it was a win-win situation. They were bought for $25,000,000. Which was quite a lot back in 1917 for a mere 133 square miles.

    Lee, I like that red symbolizes LOVE!

  4. I like the red for love, too. I think if I lived there, I would never want to leave.

  5. Thanks, I never knew what the symbols and colors meant.

  6. Denmark owned it first? I'm a quarter Dane and I didn't even know that.

  7. I didn't know about the colors. Thanks for the lesson.

  8. Hi Bish .. it's not desperately happy looking is it. Still I can see the symbolic elements ...

    Cheers Hilary

  9. I didn't know those things about your flag. The love element is unique.


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