Tuesday, August 23 2016 11:34 EEST
Poroshenko: 'Blue-yellow color and chevrons are a symbol of the courage of our defenders'
Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, congratulated, Day of the National Flag, symbol, independent, August 23, flag-raising

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has congratulated the country on the Day of the National Flag.'

'Blue-yellow color and chevrons are a symbol of the courage of our defenders,' the president stated in a congratulatory message posted on Facebook, Unian reports.

National Flag Day is celebrated annually on August 23. The day was established to honor the centuries-old history of the creation of the Ukrainian state and the state symbols of independent Ukraine, as well as to foster citizens' respect for the state symbols of Ukraine, under a decree issued by second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma on August 23, 2004.

In 2009, Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's third president, made amendments to the decree, establishing an annual official flag-raising ceremony on August 23 in Ukraine.

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