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Flag adopted 19 September
1983, coat of arms adopted
16 February 1967 (motto changed 19 September 1983).
It is commonly stated that the two stars symbolize the two
islands, but in fact they stand for hope and liberty (source:
[poe90]) In addition, Eve
Devereux’s Identifying flags
gives further that green is for fertility,
red for the liberation struggle, black for the African heritage
and yellow for sunshine. The white stars express hope and
António Martins, 20 May 1998
The national flag of St. Kitts & Nevis features green for our
fertile lands, yellow for our year-round sun-shine, black for
our African heritage, and red for our struggle from slavery
through colonialism to independence. It also displays two white
stars on a black diagonal bar, symbols of hope and liberty.
Dov Gutterman, 24 June 1999, quoting stkittsnevis.net
November 1985 flag of St-Kitts-Nevis was changed according
Flagmaster 49 [flm]
and Vexillinfo 70 [vxf].
The stars are push pointed up. I assume that, if the info is exact,
same pattern was reproduced in the ensigns and Nevis flag. Seems
that the change, if exist, was shord lived and some days or weeks
after, the stars recover their initial position.
Jaume Ollé, 22 Jan 2000
I think that the stars should be directed towards upper hoist (or, more
correctly, axes of the stars’ upper points should be perpendicular to the axis
of the diagonal stripe) ... and some people interprets it as «stars pointing
up» while other as «pointing down». In the Czech vexillological periodical
Vexillology [vex], even the changes of SKN
flags were reported in the 1980s.
Jan Zrzavy, 08 Aug 2001