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Olancho Department (Honduras)

Last modified: 2023-01-05 by rob raeside
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image located by Jayden Davis-Tope, 20 October 2022

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Iíve seen one post on Facebook that depicts the Olancho with a broad blue band and green ring, but Iím not sure if itís accurate.
Jayden Davis-Tope, 20 October 2022

I did some more looking into the flag and I was able to learn more. From my understanding it seems that the Olancho Department officially has no flag.

I followed a lead from the flag I sent you in October and found a man called Wilmer Galeano who comes from the region but now lives in the US. He gave me an overview of his design and I've translated it from Spanish for you:
"The Olancho flag was made by me, generally the Honduran flag has three stripes, two blue and one white in the middle with the five stars. I did the opposite, two white stripes and one blue in the middle with a green circle that symbolizes the "O" for Olancho and green because Olancho has always been called a green department because of the forests and natural reserves that exist.
Someone copied my design and made a flag with two white stripes and a green one in the center with a blue circle that symbolizes the "O" for Olancho as well and I added 23 stars symbolizing the 23 municipalities of Olancho, at first the idea also occurred to me to add 22 white stars in the "O" of Olancho and a bigger blue star in the center symbolizing the departmental head that is the city of Juticalpa."

Wilmer also expressed a strong desire in the Olancho Department becoming independent from Honduras which is why he designed the flag I think. From searching other sources and information it seems the region has never had an offical flag and these two variants that are on the internet now are very recent creations.
Jayden Davis-Tope, 13 December 2022

Version reported in 2019

image by Fred Drews, 17 April 2019

Wikipedia reports this flag with 23 white stars in the ring.
Rob Raeside, 21 October 2022