The flag of Latvia is a rectangle field consisting of three colors: two claret ones and a narrow white one in the center. Dark red is a symbol of blood our people shed for independence. White is a symbol of hope for the better future.
The history of this flag dates back to 1279 when soldiers went on military campaign and took it with them For the first time this flag was officially flown in 1917 and since then the flag has always been a symbol of fight for independence. In 1940 the flag was officially abandoned as Latvia became a part of the USSR. Soviet symbols were used as official symbols of the country. But the situation changed in 1988 when the country was given a relative independence. Since 1990 this flag is officially used as a national symbol after Latvia became independent republic and the law of the national flag was officially adopted.