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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Saint Kitts and Nevis
by Mark Sensen, 18 Oct 1995
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Meaning of the flag

Flag adopted 19 September 1983, coat of arms adopted 16 February 1967 (motto changed 19 September 1983).
Nozomi Kariyasu

It is commonly stated that the two stars symbolize the two islands, but in fact they stand for hope and liberty (source: [cra90] and [poe90]) In addition, Eve Devereux’s Identifying flags [dev94] 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 freedom.
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

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

Position of the stars

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

[Saint Kitts and Nevis, stars pointing down]
by Mark Sensen and António Martins, 08 Aug 2001

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