The idea of flying flags grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted - the idea of flags was born!
An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms were born!
Emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
The Romans were the first to use cloth flags - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening flags to the side of a pole soon followed
The word "flag" is derived from the old Saxon word "fflaken" which means to fly or to float in the air
The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating flags of today
Flags are clearly linked to the history of a Nation
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