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Peru Flag

The colours of the Peruvian flag are said to derive from an incident in which the great liberating General, Jose de San Martin, was said to have seen a flock of flamingoes, with white breasts and red wings, flying over his troops. The General took the sight of this as a good omen and is reported to have said, "Those shall be the colours of liberty" .

This occurred in 1820, during the war against Spain, and the red and white colours were adopted as the colours of the Peruvian Legion, which San Martin formed to liberate Peru. Various versions of the flag were used until the current style was adopted in 1825, by another famous South American freedom fighter, Simon Bolivar. The colours of the Peruvian flag are also said to represent peace and justice (white), and the blood of those who lost their lives in the struggle for independence (red) .

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