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Belize - Military Flags

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Belize Defence Force

image by Ivan Sarajcic, 30 August 2007
Flag according to a stamp

image by Ivan Sarajcic, 30 August 2007
Flag according to a photo

In a stamp issued in 2003 (No. 1268 - 25th Anniversary of Belize Defence Force), there is the BDF Standard.
Source: Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World.
Source: www.stanleygibbons.com.
Ron Lahav, 19 May 2005

The emblem of the BDF is at www.belize.gov.bz, which also say: "The Motto is "Shoulder-To-Shoulder", it depicts unity within the organization. This means the BDF soldiers work and play together as a team. The Emblem, which is also the design for the Cap Badge and is also depicted on the Force Flag, is comprised of the mahogany tree with a crossed rifle and axe. The 'Mahogany Tree' represents Belize and its people, the 'Rifle' signifies the Defence of the Country and the 'Axe' represents Aid to Civil Power."
Dov Gutterman, 30 May 2005

With respect to the flag of the Belize Defence Force, I believe that it differs from the image on the stamp in that there is no lettering across either the top or the bottom horizontal bars, I think that they are a solid red all the way across.
Ron Lahav, 30 May 2005

I had made an image based on the photo from official website of Belize Defense Force. Obviously, main disc of the seal is light blue, ring with text is normal blue, flag areas are dark blue and white, saltire is red. The flag on the photo has also a fringe only at the top and bottom rim.
I decided to draw diagonals touching vertical edges, taking the photograph as a main source for drawing main areas. Red diagonal, from top hoist to bottom fly seems to be even a bit "higher" then bottom-fly point.
Image of the stamp on differs in colours from real flag at the photo, having only two shades of blue, but also it is near 1:2 in ratio, which is not the case on photo. Also the red diagonals are edging the horizontal edges of the flag
We have sources overlap here.
Ivan Sarajcic, 30 August 2007


Coast Guard

image located by Dave Fowler, 30 May 2019

A couple of different flags for the Belize Coast Guard:
https://www.ambergristoday.com/sites/default/files/archived_images/stories/2013/12/02/belize_coast_guard_anniversary_san_pedro_station_0_19322.jpg
https://www.facebook.com/belizecoastguardofficialpage/photos/a.1069088673149506/1072417156149991/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/belizecoastguardofficialpage/photos/a.1425133504211686/1425136104211426/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/belizecoastguardofficialpage/photos/a.1069093596482347/1263347780390260/?type=3&theater

Possible flag of the commandant

image located by Dave Fowler, 30 May 2019

https://dialogo-americas.com/application/files/cache/thumbnails/d09c3f4fefb07c5e0ac89a9811b4b5c2.jpg
https://www.roc-taiwan.org/uploads/sites/180/2019/01/IMG_2628.jpg

Seal

image located by Dave Fowler, 30 May 2019

https://www.facebook.com/belizecoastguardofficialpage/photos/a.1069088673149506/2236199059771789/?type=1&theater

Commandant's crest:
https://www.facebook.com/belizecoastguardofficialpage/photos/a.1069088673149506/1075437209181319/?type=3&theater%e2%80%8b

Symbolism:
Commandant's Crest Represents:
Single Anchor - Depicts a naval service. The Belize Coast Guard is a naval service.
Rifle - Symbol for the defense of the nation. The BCG will defend this nation from all threats foreign and domestic as describe in our mission.
Sword - The sword of justice symbolizes that we are a law enforcement authority.
Dolphin - The Coast Guard mascot and guardian of the deep.
Rope - A symbol that binds us together as one fighting force. An essential part of a sailor's life the mastery of which defines his abilities as an accomplished seaman
Core Values - "Courage, Commitment, Respect." It is the duty of every Coast Guard man, woman and officer to know the meaning of these core values and to live or die by them.

Dave Fowler, 30 May 2019


 
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