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image by Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020
The municipality of Monte Alegre dos Campos (3,226 inhabitants in 2019;
54,964 ha) is located 150 km north-east of Porto Alegre.
Monte Alegre was settled in 1820 after the erection of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Light, and elevated to a district in 1917 as Villa Esteira.
The tradition recalls that tropeiro Pedro Zamban was once so warmly welcomed in the place by Valentín Vieira that he decided to acquire a plot to settle there with his family. During his subsequent voyages, he used to emphasize the people's hospitality, empathy and glee ("alegria"), calling the place Monte Alegre.
The municipality of Monte Alegre dos Campos was established by State Law No. 10,664 promulgated on 28 December 1995, separating from Vacaria. The epithet "dos Campos" (in the Fields) was added to the municipality's name during the emancipation process.
Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020
The flag of Monte Alegre dos Campos is prescribed by Municipal
Law No. 46 promulgated on 23 September 1997.
The flag of the municipality of Monte Alegre dos Campos shall have for official colors red, white and blue, and shall be composed of three panels, inspired by the design and colors of the flag of Rio Grande do Sul, representing:
a) Blue (azure) is a symbol of justice, perseverance, zeal, loyalty, community harmony in search of community objectives, and, geographically, of rivers, also of beauty and recreation.
b) White is a symbol of peace, friendship, integration, work and community harmony.
c) Red (gules) is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
The flag shall obey the following rules.
I. The flag shall be composed of three panels: red, white and blue in usual shades, red and blue forming two triangles, the red triangle's right angle being placed in the flag's upper left corner and the blue triangle's right angle in the flag's lower right corner.
II. The shall featured in the center a white panel charged with the municipal coat of arms.
I. The flag's width shall be of 14 units.
II. The flag's length shall be of 20 units.
III. The coat of arms shall have a width of 7 units, leaving 3 units above and beneath it.
IV. The lesser side of the red right-angled triangle, placed on left top, shall be exactly of 7 units. This holds true for the lesser side of the blue right-angled triangle, placed on right bottom.
V. The lesser sides of the ascending white quadrilateral placed between the two right-angled triangles shall also be of 7 units.
Leis Municipais database
The coat of arms of Monte Alegre dos Campos is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 45 promulgated on 23 September 1997.
A classical Latin shield surmounted by a mural crown argent with six towers, four visible. In base a field vert (green) symbolizing the mountains that are the town's namesake. On this field two stylized Brazilian pines breaking the soil, as a symbol of forests and ecology. In the center, on a field azure (blue), Tapirs' River and a bovine cattle, as a symbol of agriculture. In chief dexter a sun or and sinister a handshake meaning union. The shield supported dexter and sinister by grapevine and apple branches. Beneath the shield a scroll gules (red) inscribed argent (silver) with the toponym "Monte Alegre dos Campos" surrounded by dates "28/12" and "1995".
The coat of arms shall have the following symbolic interpretation.
a) The classical Latin shield, used to represent the arms of Monte Alegre dos Campos, originates from Italy and was introduced all over Europe during the Roman struggles, and subsequently adopted by other nations, namely to represent arms of domains, and finally adopted by Brazilian heraldry to evoke one of the colonizing races of the nation;
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of coat of arms of domains; argent with six towers, four visible in perspective, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat.
c) Argent (silver) is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling.
d) Vert (green) recalls the mountains, which are the town's namesake. The field vert is broken by two Brazilian pines representing the force of ecology and geography and by a blue stripe representing Tapirs' River. The farmers and colonists' work is represented by a bovine cattle, symbolizing agriculture and the rural origins of the municipality.
e) Vert (green) is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance; green also represents hope as the greening fields and mountains in spring promising profuse harvests.
f) In chief on a field azure (blue) is featured the symbol of greatness or, the sun, as a symbol of celebrity, splendor, greatness, command, wealth and sovereignty. Sinister is represented union, solidarity, friendship and persistence of the community during the political emancipation, via a handshake on a field gules (red).
g) Blue (azure) is a symbol of loyalty, sky, and community harmony in search of humanitarian objectives.
h) The outer ornaments recall the main products supplied by the generous and fertile soil, grapes and apples.
i) On a scroll gules (red), in letters argent (silver) the identifying toponym "MONTE ALEGRE DOS CAMPOS" surrounded by "28/12", the day and month of creation of the municipality, and "1995", the year of political emancipation.
Leis Municipais database
The description of the flag has to be corrected:
"A rising east-west diagonal, red-white-blue, with the municipal arms in the centre on a grey disk."
There is no gray disc on flags in actual use, sometimes a white disc. So:
"A rising east-west diagonal, red-white-blue, with the municipal arms in the centre, sometimes placed on a white disc."
Photos (without disc)
image by Ivan Sache, 31
Photos (with disc)
Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020