Illustration of a flag with blue and white stripes and a red rectangle on a white background
The El Salvador flag with 9 stripes and a red square canton was introduced by José Manuel Arce, the first elected president in El Salvador. The flag was adopted in 1865 to resemble the stars and stripes of the United States’ flag. Today the flag features a blue, white, and blue stripe with the national coat of arms in the center. The blue of the current flag represents the sky and oceans white the white represents peace and solidarity.