This is a Latvian flag. My Marta’s grandmother made it for me decades ago. The flag, not the base and pole, her grandfather could have made it but I don’t think so. OK, what’s the flag all about? It had been used off and on since the 1300s to rally citizens living in the Baltic area. It became the official flag when Latvia claimed its independance in 1918 until 1940 when the Soviets occupied Latvia and put their jackboots to the nation’s face. It was re-adopted as the official flag soon after the USSR flamed out and relegated itself to the dustbin of history.
What’s the meaning of the flag’s colors and design? The red is ‘blood red’, symbolizing Latvia’s readiness to give blood for its liberty. The story is that a Latvian was wounded in battle, and the edges of the white sheet in which he was wrapped were stained by his blood. The white stripe stands for the sheet that wrapped him. If it’s not true then it should be true. There is no shortage of blood which has stained Latvian soil in its long battle against oppression.
The Purging Lutheran is giving this to My Marta so she can display it and tell her friends where her blood comes from, which might determine where her blood goes.
Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.