The current flag of Chile (shown above) was officially adopted on October 18, 1817. The flag is modeled after the U.S. Stars and Stripes. Blue represents the color of the high-mountain skys, white is symbolic of the snow in the Andes Mountains, and red symbolizes the blood shed during the long struggle for independence from Spain.
History of the Flag of Chile
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Hoisting the Flag
Chilean law stipulates that the flag must be hoisted on the tip of a white pole. If raised along with other flags, the Chilean flag must be of equal size or taller. It must be raised on the left side if the number of flags to be raised is even and at the center in case of an odd number. Since 2011 the public is allowed to use the flag without state consent. All Chilean public and private residences are required to display the flag on the following days, which mark Navy Day, National Day, and Army Day, respectively: 21 May, 18 September, and 19 September. Failure to display or incorrect display of the flag on these dates can result in fines by the state.