DR Symbols

The Flag was designed by Juan Pablo Duarte and created by Concepción Bona and María Trinidad Sánchez. Raised for the first time on February 27, 1944, it is what identifies the Dominican Republic as a free and sovereign country.

 
The Meaning of The Flag

Red represents the blood spilled by the liberators.
Blue expresses the ideals of progress, liberty, and God's protection
The Cross is the symbol of the fight of the liberators.

 
The Shield

The shield was created during the era of the proclamation of national independence, and has the Bible in the center. Since its inception, the shield has gone through more than 14 changes. However, the current shield has been in place since 1913.
The design of the Dominican flag is actually directly spelled out in their Constitution. Article 96 dictates that the shield has the same colors as the national flag, with a Bible opened to John 8:32 to read "The truth will set you free." Surrounding the Bible are two spears pointed in the air and 4 Dominican flags without shields. All of this is then crowned by a laurel branch, palm leaf, and banners which read "God, Country and Liberty;" and the words “Dominican Republic."

 
The Anthem

I.
Quisqueyanos valientes, alcemos
Nuestro canto con viva emoción,
Y del mundo a la faz ostentemos
Nuestro invicto glorioso pendón.
¡Salve! el pueblo que, intrépido y fuerte,
A la guerra a morir se lanzó,
Cuando en bélico reto de muerte
Sus cadenas de esclavo rompió.
Ningún pueblo ser libre merece
Si es esclavo indolente y servil;
Si en su pecho la llama no crece
Que templó el heroísmo viril,
Mas Quisqueya la indómita y brava
Siempre altiva la frente alzará;
Que si fuere mil veces esclava
Otras tantas ser libre sabrá.
Que si dolo y ardid la expusieron
De un intruso señor al desdén,
¡Las Carreras! ¡Beller!, campos fueron
Que cubiertos de gloria se ven.
Que en la cima de heroíco baluarte
De los libres el verbo encarnó,
Donde el genio de Sánchez y Duarte
A ser libre o morir enseñó.
Y si pudo inconsulto caudillo
De esas glorias el brillo empañar,
De la guerra se vio en Capotillo
La bandera de fuego ondear.
Y el incendio que atónito deja
De Castilla al soberbio león,
De las playas gloriosas le aleja
Donde flota el cruzado pendón.
Compatriotas, mostremos erguida
Nuestra frente, orgullosos de hoy más;
Que Quisqueya será destruida
Pero sierva de nuevo, ¡jamás!
Que es santuario de amor cada pecho
Do la patria se siente vivir;
Y es su escudo invencible: el derecho;
Y es su lema: ser libre o morir.
¡Libertad! que aún se yergue serena
La Victoria en su carro triunfal,
Y el clarín de la guerra aún resuena
Pregonando su gloria inmortal.
¡Libertad! Que los ecos se agiten
Mientras llenos de noble ansiedad
Nuestros campos de gloria repiten
¡Libertad! ¡Libertad! ¡Libertad!


II.
If it were to be exposed to ruse and deceit
To the contempt of a true imposer,
The fields of Carreras, Beller are
where traces of glory are found.
Where on the summit of the heroic bastion,
The word of the free became flesh,
Where the genius of Sánchez and Duarte
Taught to be free or to die.
And if an unattended leader
the splendor, of these glorious events could ignore,
of the war that was seen in Capotillo,
Wave the flag of fire.
And the fire that lets the proud lion
Of Castilla become stupefied,
Removes him from the glorious beaches
Where the crossed banner waves.


III.
Compatriots, let us proudly
Show our face, from today prouder than ever;
That Quisqueya may be destroyed
but a slave again, never.
It is a sanctuary of love that every heart
in the fatherland feels alive;
And it is its invincible shield, the right;
And it is its motto: be free or die.
Freedom that still arises serenely
Victory in her triumphal chariot.
And the clarion of war still echoes
Proclaiming its immortal glory.
Freedom! That the echoes should shake
Whilst filled with noble anxiety
Our fields of glory repeat
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
Emilio Prud'Homme

 
The Fathers

Dominicans still remember their liberators who fought for the country's independence in 1844. Known as the "Fathers of the Fatherland," this includes Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Ramón Matías Mella.

 
The Constitution

The Constitution is also an important symbol of Dominican patriotism. Although it has undergone many changes since November 6, 1844 it is still revered as the highest law of the land.