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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 8 November 2009
Flag of Marijampole county - Marijampoles apskritis. Coat of
Arms at <www.is.lt>
. All county flags and Coat of Arms adopted on 2004 by Heraldic
Commission of Lithuanian Department of Interior.
Jens Pattke, 26 February 2005
Marijampole county - on red field silver seeder with golden
seedlip and grain, and blue bordure with 10 golden Jogaila
crosses. Flag proportions 5:6, free edges bordered with golden
rope, finial is silver lance head with golden bands.
The importance of Suvalkija ethnic region (which almost complies with the Marijampole county) for the national renaissance of Lithuania was pointed up on the arms (granted in 2004).
This land was crucial for the modern history of Lithuania state, its science, culture and education. The laboriosity and prosperity of local farmers created the economical base for growing the new Lithuanian intelectual and political elite in late 19th century. Their motto was expressed by the son of this land Vincas Kudirka (author of National Anthem) in the verse "Labora!": "Till you're young, my brother, seed grain and don't neglect the soil!"
Therefore the seeder was shown in the arms. It means both the agriculture as main business of the region, and the willingness for knowledge. The grain symbolize the golden minds, falling to the young soul deserving for education. The golden colour on arms symbolizes people rich both materially and spiritually.
The blue border with 10 Jogaila crosses is a common element for all counties of Lithuania: the border means dependence, the Jogaila cross means Lithuania, and 10 means the number of counties. Colours golden on blue are traditional for Jogaila cross in Lithuanian heraldry.
Virginijus Misiunas, 8 November 2009
image by Jens Pattke, 26 February 2005