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The national flag of Mexico was created in 1821 and adopted by the "Army of Three Guarantees," which took its name from the guarantees of religion, independence and union promised by the Plan of Iguala. The three colors of the Mexican flag were adopted at that time: green for independence, white for religion, and red for union.
During the first short-lived Mexican empire, the three stripes changed position. The eagle was placed alone on the white band, facing forwards with its wings spread. Its head was shown in profile bearing a crown.
In 1823, Congress decreed that the eagle emblem on the flag should conform to the indigenous myth: an eagle in profile perched on a cactus eating a snake. As a result, the crown was eliminated from the emblem. In our printable Mexican flag, the crown has been removed.
The mexican national seal was first added to the flag during Maximilian's rule, when a flag bearing the eagle under the crown of the French empire was adopted. Porfirio Diaz subsequently ordered that the eagle on the seal be shown facing forwards with its wings extended. Later, under Venustiano Carranza, it was modified again: the eagle is now shown in left profile and reflects the Mexican legend of the founding of Tenochtitlan. A green, white and red ribbon representing the patriotic nation was added, shown tying together branches of oak and laurel. Our printable Mexican flag shows the eagle in profile.
Flag Day has been celebrated in Mexico every year since 1937 in a ceremony at the monument to General Vicente Guerrero, the first military leader to swear allegiance to the flag in Acatempan on March 12, 1821.
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