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Concordia Department, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina

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 Municipality of Concordia

[Concordia flag] image by António Martins, 08 Dec 2004

The flag of Concordia is prescribed by Municipal Decree no. 29,803, adopted on 10 December 1997 and published on 18 December 1997. The flag was designed by Hugo Messer, winner of a public contest prescribed by Decree No. 29,626. The description of the flag provided by the designer is part of the Decree.

The flag was hoisted on 13 December 1997 in the places prescribed by Decree No. 29,660, together with the national and provincial flags.

The flag is horizontally divided green and red, the colours of the arms of Entre Ríos Province. The division of the flag is highlighted by a white and yellow stripe symbolizing a sword. The stripe starts near the hoist with a cross, recalling the early foundation by the Jesuits, and ends near the hoist with a "tacuara"* with red fastenings, as a reference to Federalism.

In the middle of the flag is placed a circular emblem including the following elements:

  • river Uruguay, as a geographical element;
  • a cog wheel, as a symbol of power and progress and also an implicit reference to the Salto Grande dam;
  • a palm-tree, as a typical regional element and also a reference to Concordia's historical coat of arms, lost in a blaze before the centenary of the town;
  • the horizon represented in a wavy pattern, referring to a typical geographical feature of the region (Cuchilla de Montiel**)
  • a rising sun, as a symbol of truth, majesty, liberty and benevolence.
*a "tacuara" is a rudimentary lance made of a knife blade tied to a stalk of sugarcane, used by gaucho militias during the Argentine war of independence.

**a "cuchilla" is a hill typical to Entre Ríos and Uruguay, also known in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) as "coxilha".
Dov Gutterman, 03 Mar 2002 and Ivan Sache, 14 Jul 2013

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Municipality of La Criolla

The 2nd rank municipality of La Criolla (1,852 inhabitants, 1,307 in the town proper) is located in the Concordia Department, in the north- east of the Entre Ríos Province.

In 2005, the municipal administration of La Criolla launched a contest for a municipal flag. The winner of the contest, Lorena Panozzo, was proclaimed six years later, in July 2011. The flag eventually adopted is Panozzo's proposal, with some modifications.

The flag is horizontally divided light blue-white-light blue, like the Argentine national flag, with an orange fimbriation representing citriculture and a purple fimbriation recalling that La Criolla was proclaimed on 3 December 2008 by the Chamber of Representatives the National Capital of Blueberry Cultivation. In the middle of the flag is the Argentine sun charged with a handshake representing work, a shovel and a rake representing the first tools use in agriculture; forestry, citriculture and blueberry cultivation are represented in the background.

Ivan Sache, 07 Aug 2011

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