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Flag of La Frontera - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 May 2014
The flag of La Frontera is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 30 September 2005 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 10 October 2005 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 199, pp. 19,661-19,662 (text). The flag was originally approved on 30 September 2004 by the Municipal Council, as published on 10 January 2005 in the official gazette of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Province, No. 4, and validated on 7 March 2005 by the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of Canary Islands.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular panel [...] with proportions 2:3, vertically divided into three equal stripes, the first (at hoist) sea blue, the second (in the middle) white, the third (at fly) green.
When the flag is charged with the municipal coat of arms, this should be placed in the middle of the panel, in height 2/3 of the height of the flag's panel.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the colours are those of the flag of El Hierro island: blue for the sea, green for the mountains and white for the Virgin of the Kings.
The coat of arms of La Frontera is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 18 December 1995 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 10 January 1996 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 5, pp. 272-273 (text). The coat of arms was originally approved on 30 March 1995 by the Municipal Council and validated on 15 November 1995 by the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of Canary Islands.
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. A savin juniper proper eradicated with branches leaning dexterwise. 2a. Azure a lighthouse argent masoned sable remitting rays or at the top, 2b. Or two lizards proper per pale. Beneath the shield a scroll argent inscribed with the motto "OCCIDENTE" sable. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the 1st quarter features the most representative tree on the island of El Hierro; big savin junipers are found on the mountains of La Frontera, strikingly altered by the wind. The 2nd quarter features the Orchilla lighthouse, erected on the westernmost point of Spain, which was the landmark of the meridian of origin before the adoption of the Greenwich meridian. This is also recalled by the word "Occidente" (West) on the scroll. The 3rd quarter recalls an endemic species of giant lizards living on the Salmor rocks.
Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 24 May 2014