Flag of Dominican Republic
|Design||A white cross with the national coat of arms in the centre that divides the flag into four rectangles, blue and red at the top and red and blue at the bottom. |
The flag was designed by Concepción Bona and Maria Trinidad Sanchez. 
The blue on the flag stands for liberty, the white for salvation, the red for the blood of heroes.
The national coat of arms, featuring a shield with the flag design and supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right), is at the center of the cross. Above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto "Dios, Patria, Libertad" (English: God, Fatherland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon (this red ribbon is depicted in more recent versions as having its tips pointing upward). In the center of the shield, flanked by three spears (two of them holding Dominican banners) on each side, is a Bible with a small cross above it and said to be opened to the Gospel of John, chapter 8, verse 32, which reads "Y la verdad os hará libres" (And the truth shall make you free).