Banner o Latvie

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The naitional banner o Latvie wis uised bi independent Latvie frae 1918 till the kintra wis occupied bi the Soviet Union in 1940. Its uise wis suppressed durin Soviet rule. Efter regainin its unthrildom, Latvia re-adopted on Februar 27, 1990 the same red-white-red banner. Though offeecially adoptit in 1922, the Latvian banner wis in uise as early as the 13t century. The red color is sometimes described as seembolizin the readiness o the Latvians tae give the blood frae their herts for freedom an their willinness tae defend their liberty. An alternative interpretation, accordin tae ane legend, is that a Latvian leader wis woundit in battle, an the edge o the white sheet in which he wis wrapped wur stained bi his blood. The white stripe mey staund for the sheet that wrapped him. This story is similar tae the legend o the oreegins o the banner o Austrick.