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Colegio Militar "Eloy Alfaro" (Ecuador)

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image by Dov Gutterman, 6 August 2002

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On 7 July 1838, President of the Republic Vicente Rocafuerte (1783-1847, President in 1834-1839) founded in Quito a military college. Close and reopened in the next decades by different presidents, the college was eventually reestablished on 11 December 1899 by General Eloy Alfaro (1842-1912, President in 1897-1901 and 1906-1911), considered as the modernizer of the Ecuadorian army. In 1937, President Federico Páez (1876-1974, President in 1935-1937) added "Eloy Alfaro" to the name of the college.
Ivan Sache, 8 February 2009


Based on
Dov Gutterman, 6 August 2002

The flag of the institute, according to a photo available on the website of the institute showing it flying together with a red triangular flag, is diagonally divided yellow-black by the ascending diagonal, with the emblem of the institute in the middle.
Yellow represents the constancy, brightness and resource of the spirit of the cadets.
Black represents sobriety, definition and modesty in their acts.
The emblem of the institute [3] is made of a light blue shield, representing the limpid, still and optimist sky, with a yellow map of Ecuador inscribed with the name of the country in black capital letters and charged with a hand holding the torch of science, truth and culture. A yellow scroll bears the motto of the institute in black letters, "SOLO VENCIENDOTE VENCERAS". The shield has a yellow border bearing the name of the institute in black letters. The shield is surmounted by a helmet argent with a red grid and three feathers in the national colours, yellow, blue and red.
Ivan Sache, 8 February 2009