Marshall Islands Flag
History of the Marshall Islands Flag
The Marshall Islands flag features a dark blue field with an orange and white stripe running diagonally across the flag. At the top, to the left of the stripes is a star that has 20 small points and 4 large points. The blue color of the flag represents the Pacific Ocean, the white color represents peace, and the orange color represents courage. The orange and white stripes represent the Ratak Chain (sunrise) and the Ralik Chain (sunset). The 24 points on the star represent the electoral districts and the 4 long points represent the main culture centers, which are, Majuro, Jaluit, Wotje, and Ebeye. The orange and white diagonal bands on the Marshall Islands Flag represent the equator. The Marshall Islands Flag was adopted on May 1st, 1979, when the country became self-governing.
The Marshall Islands are a Micronesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The islands are separated into two chains of islands (Ratak Chain and Ralik Chain). One lies to the east (Ratak-sunrise) and one lies to the West (Ralik-sunset). The Marshall Islands consist of 29 coral atolls, thousands of minute islets, and masses of small low-lying islands. The Marshall Islands are located only 7ft above the sea. The capital city of Marshall Islands is called Majuro and is also the largest and most populated city. The second largest city is called Ebeye. The Marshall Islands gained its name from British explorer John Marshall who visited the island in 1788 with Thomas Gilbert, also an explorer. Before it was named Marshall Islands, the natives called it "Jolet Jen Anij" which translates as "Gifts from God."
The Marshall Islands have been under the rule of various countries throughout the years. In 1874, the Marshall Islands were claimed by Spain until Spain sold the islands to the German Empire, resulting in them becoming part of German New Guinea in 1885. In 1919, during WWI, the Japanese invaded, defeating Spain and the Marshall Islands was now under the rule of the Japanese until WWII. This was when America invaded the country and destroyed a lot of the Japanese bases and took control of the Marshall Islands in 1944.
Once the Americans had captured the Marshall Islands, they began using the islands as locations for testing nuclear weapons. In 1952, as a result of "Ivy Mike" (the first hydrogen bomb), one of the islands (Elugelab) was destroyed and over the years, it caused many disputes. The Americans ruled until 1979, when the Marshall Islands government was established, and the country became self-governing. In 1986, the Marshall Islands gained full independence from the USA, even though they turn to the USA for financial support.
The Marshall Islands is home to some of the best beaches in the world with the pure white sand surrounded and protected by blue lagoons. It is also considered to be one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and is renowned for providing the world’s largest shark sanctuary, yet it is one of the least visited countries in the world.
Marshall Islands National Anthem
Forever Marshall Island
My island (heart) lies o'er the ocean;
Like a wreath of flowers upon the sea;
With a (the) light of Maker from far above;
Shining the with the brilliance of rays of life;
Our Father's wondrous creation;
Bequeathed to us, our Motherland;
I'll never leave my dear home sweet home;
God of our forefathers protect and bless forever Marshall Islands.