The flag of Guatemala was adopted on December 26, 1997. The flag contains three vertical bands that are coloured light blue and white. In the center of the flag is the coat of arms of Guatemala. The blue on each side of the flag symbolizes the two bodies of water that Guatemala is surrounded by, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The white on the center band stands for peace and purity. The coat of arms contains two olive branches symbolizing victory. In the center there are two crossed rifles with bayonets indicating Guatemala’s willingness to defend itself by force if needed. The two swords under the rifles represent honour. Over the two rifles there is a scroll that says “Libertad 15 de Septiembre de 1821” ( Liberty on September 15, 1821) and standing on the scroll is a Resplendent Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala that symbolizes liberty.