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Suzano, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Description of the Flag

A red flag with a narrow blue horizontal stripe, bordered white, all overlain by a white triangle extending from the hoist and bearing the municipal arms.

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Dirk Schönberger, 13 February 2013

The municipality of Suzano (268,578 inhabitants in 2010; 2,587 ha) is located in São Paulo Metropolitan Area, 40 km of São Paulo. Suzano is an industrial town, where some 325 companies employ 18,000 workers.

Suzano is named for Engineer Joaquim Augusto Suzano Brandão, who planned the building of the Prada Piedade station for the Brazil Central Railway Co. The station was renamed Suzana in December 1907; the town that developed nearby was renamed Suzana on 11 December 1908. The municipality of Suzano was established on 8 December 1948, seceding from Mogi das Cruzes, and inaugurated on 2 April 1949.

The symbols of Suzano, designed by Arcinoé Antônio Peixoto de Faria, are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 1,314 of 18 December 1972.

The flag is red with a white triangle placed along the hoist, flanked by a thin white-blue-white stripe and charged with the municipal coat of arms.

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The coat of arms is "A Samnitic shield surmounted by an eight-towered white mural crown, azure an eagle displayed argent armed and beaked gules cantonned with four torches argent flamed gules, a chief argent a roman helmet gules over two arrows sable crossed per saltire. The shield supported by two smoking chimneys gules. Beneath the shield a scroll azure over gear wheels argent and inscribed with the municipality's name surrounded by the years '1919' and '1949' all argent."

The Samnitic shield, the first style of shield introduced from France to Portugal and inherited by Brazilian heraldry, evokes the colonizers and main builders of the Brazilian nationality. The mural crown is a symbol of municipal emancipation, representing here a second-rank town, seat of a "comarca" The torches ("brandões") recall Engineer Joaquim Augusto Brandão, who planned the building of the Suzano station for the Brazil Central Railway Co. Azure is a symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty. The eagle is a symbol of power and imperial triumph, but also of prosperity, benignity, generosity and liberality, since the eagle shares its preys with the smaller birds and does not seek revenge on smaller animals. The Persians, the Egyptians and the romans showed an eagle on their banners promising triumph. Here the eagle is a symbol of courage and commitment to great acts. Argent is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling. The torch, in heraldic language, "brandão", is a symbol of science, patriotic love and ardour, as well as of light, knowledge, wisdom. The arms of the Brandão family featured the eagle cantoned with four torches. The chief is charged with the emblem of St. Sebastian, the town's patron saint. recalling the Christian spirit of the people. The chimneys and the gear wheels represent the industry flourishing in the municipality. Gules is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance. The years "1919" and "1949" recall the foundation of the town and its municipal emancipation, respectively. - Municipal website (archived)
Ivan Sache, 14 February 2013