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The President of Georgia – We will lift up the National Flag in order to show everyone that we are the free people of the free country!

The National Flag Day has been celebrated in Georgia today.
 
The Palace of the President of Georgia has hosted an event of the National Flag.
 
H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has met with 100 students today. The students have celebrated the Day of National Flag in 9 regions of Georgia and brought the flags to the Presidential Palace.
 
The President of Georgia addressed the students, expressed his gratitude to them and congratulated with the National Flag Day. The Head of State has spoken about the importance of the state symbols.
 
As stated by the President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, it is the special day today, as we have made an original of the National Flag in accordance of the standards adopted by Georgian legislation. The Original of the National Flag will be placed with the Original of Georgian State Emblem at the Presidential Palace today.
 
“Today, while we are celebrating this notable day, first of all we pay tribute to those people who sacrificed their lives for this flag, who died for our country throughout the centuries, who fought for our prosperity. May their soul rest in eternal peace!
 
Our flag is carrying on historical symbols and historical heroism; however, it is not only directed to the past, but also to the future. When we unite around this highly important state symbol we all think for our future victories that we will gain.

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We all think about the successes, which are defined for many centuries aged nation. We not just abstractly appreciate our state symbols or state institutions, but also we view clearly that this are instruments for achieving our main goals, for strengthening our country, for reaching our state destination.       
 
The flag is hoisted while the soul wants freedom! While hoisting this flag today, we are celebrating both, our independence and freedom.
 
We lift up the flag to show everyone that we are free country with free people. Moreover, we are ready to defense this freedom.
 
Therefore, today, I express my congratulations to all citizens of Georgia united around this flag. I would like to congratulate you with all those future victories that we will achieve together. 
 
We have the common past and the great future of this country. Hence, today I want to congratulate the Flag Day to all the citizens in Georgia and abroad and I would like to wish you all happiness.
 
God bless Georgia!” – was stated by the President of Georgia.

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The guard of honor of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia white hoisted the Original State Flag in the courtyard of the Palace of the President of Georgia. The Original, which has been made in accordance of Georgian legislation specifically for this day will be placed in the Palace of the President of Georgia at specially assigned place.
 
Before arrival in Tbilisi, students have gathered in 9 regions of Georgia and celebrated the National Flag Day.
 
The Students of Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi have hoisted the National Flag in Rukhi villige near the police station located by the bridge on the river Enguri at 8 am. 
 
The Georgian National Flag Day has celebrated in Batumi as well. The students of the Batumi State Maritime Academy and Shota Rustaveli State University have gathered to graves of the heroes and lifted up the Georgian flag in the wake of national anthem.
 
“State symbols and the celebration of such days is highly important for the building of European state,” – was stated by the student, Mrs. Tamuna Surmanidze.
 
The students of the University of Telavi have also hoisted the Georgian flag in the wake of national anthem near the municipality of Lagodekhi, in Kakheti region at 11 am. The event was also attended by the representatives of local authority of Lagodekhi. The event has also been held in Akhmeta in the Kakheti region.  
 
The day of Georgian National Flag was also celebrated in Akhaltsikhe. The youths lifted up the flag near the Houses of Justice and performed the national anthem in Kazbegi and in Marneuli.
 
The students also lifted up the National Flags on the memorial of heroes in Shindisi and by the municipality building in Bolnisi.
 
Before adoption of the five-cross National Flag, Georgia used to have tricolored flag throughout the Georgian independence in the years of 1918-1921 and 1990-2004.
 
Georgian new five-cross flag was declared as Georgian State Flag on January 14, 2004, with the adoption of the organic law on “Georgian National Flag” by the Parliament of Georgia.
 
Precisely, the day of adopting of this law, January 14 was declared as the State Flag Day. However, the State Flag Day was celebrated only once in 2012, since the adoption of the law.
 
The five-cross Georgian State Flag is a symbolic composition of Christ and four apostles.
 
We can see the findings on the Georgian National Flag in different historical sources.
 
Existing imagery of the flag named as “Gorgaslian-Davitian” perhaps was received in the year of 1320 when the King George V the Brilliant, after the sending his representatives to the Sultan of Egypt received the “locks of Jerusalem”.
 
Since then the flag with embodiment of Christ and apostles is already consider as a symbol of Georgia, which is justified by a lot of nautical maps – portolan charts, where the five-mark composition is depicted on portolan charts – above the fortresses of old cities of Tbilisi and Tskhumi.
 
The ceremonial reception was held on the occasion of the Flag Day of Georgia at Palace of the President of Georgia.
 
The medieval (XIV-XVI centuries) nautical maps represented by the State Council of Heraldry of the Parliament of Georgia were exhibited at the ceremonial reception. The historical five-cross flags were symbolizing Georgia in the presented nautical maps.
 
Within the represented maps are:
 
The portolan chart of brothers from Venice Fredericko and Domenigo Pitsigans, the Library of Parma; the flag above the city of Tbilisi, 1367 year
 
The portolan charts of Anjelino Dulcher from Catalonia, the Library of Parma; the flag above the city of Tbilisi and Tskhumi (Sebastopolis), 1339 year 
 
The portolan chart of Pietro Vesconte from Genoa, the British Royal Library; flags above the city of Sokhumi and the city of Poti, 1325 year 
 
The portolan chart of Anjelino Dulcher from Catalonia, the British Royal Library; the flag above the city of Sokhumi, 1329-1350 years 
 
The portolan chart of Gabriel Valseka from Catalonia, the National Library of Paris, the flag above the city of Sokhumi (Sebastopolis), 1447 year
 
The portolan chart of Guliem Soler, National Library of Paris; the flag above the city of Sokhumi (Sebastopolis), 1385 year
 
The sea map of Diego Omem, Library of Paris; the flag of the Principality of Samegrelo, 1559 year
 
The portolan chart of Diego Omem, the National Library of Paris; the flag of the Principality of Samegrelo, 1561 year
 
The National Flag Day is celebrated by the initiative of the President of Georgia.
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