Regardless of which country people live in, most people are proud of their country’s flag. After all, flags do not just represent the people who live in that particular country; they represent what makes those people special and what they’ve experienced before accomplishing statehood. Each country’s flag has designs on it that mean something to its citizens and whether your country has one million or one billion people living there, you know what each of those designs means. Whether your flag has stars, stripes, or animals on it, each symbol means something and it’s very likely that you are familiar with all of these meanings. The Australian flag was originally flown on September 3, 1901 and since then has done a great job of representing all of the territories within the continent. The stars are all seven-pointed stars, symbolising the six territories plus the people who live in other areas so, just as other countries’ flags are, it is a very important part of the country’s uniqueness.
Unique Meanings That Are Special
All flags’ designs have meaning and all you have to do is research a particular country to learn about the significance of their flag. There are unique features to all flags throughout the world and a man named Allan Pidgeon is currently on a quest to find the very first flag flown on that day in 1901 in Australia. The original flag currently has unknown whereabouts and Mr. Pidgeon and others are working hard to find it, both for personal and historical reasons. After all, this is a special flag, in part because it looks somewhat different than the country’s current flag but mostly because it is, after all, the country’s very first flag.
The Origins of the Flag Are Unique as Well
Even the origin of the Australian flag has an interesting history. There was a contest held among the continent’s citizens to see who could come up with the best design. Eventually, five different winners, all of whom drew the same basic design, were chosen, and the flag was flown over the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne for the first time on that September day in 1901. It was 5.5 by 11 metres in size and since the day that it was first flown, September 3 has remained the official flag day of Australia. There has been some talk of changing the seven-point star into an eight-point star because the territories have changed somewhat over the years but as of now, that is not likely to happen soon.
Everybody is proud of his or her country’s flag and when you dig deep into the history of how that flag came about, it may surprise you because most flags have origins that are extremely interesting. Although not a national holiday, Flag Day in Australia is still very important with ceremonies and activities held in nearly every major city and some smaller ones as well. From Western Australia to New South Wales and everything in between, Australians, just as most people, are proud of their flag and will continue to fly it every year to celebrate its existence and its meaning.