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by Joseph McMillan
The flag is blue with a white cross overlaid with a red cross. The coat of arms is placed on a white lozenge upon a white square on the center. The coat of arms is "azure on an inescutcheon or a lily proper, the inescutcheon supported by two cherubim argent; in base on a "mantel" or a cattleman's-style hunting horn gules." I'm not sure what a mantel is in English heraldic language; it is like a division per chevron, but with concave dividing lines. The inescutcheon represents St. Joseph, patron of the city and the cherubim the constant winds in the mountain region, the whole being a canting charge for the original name of the settlement, São José da Ventania (St. Joseph of the Winds). The blue field is said to represent the heavens or, more precisely, the paradise of the city's name. The yellow "mantel" represents the mountains and the horn represents stock-raising. (In addition, the colors are given the customary catalogue of "heraldic" significances.) The supporters are two branches of coffee, while the scroll is inscribed with the name of the municipality, the dates that it was established (25 January 1873), and the date that its surrounding judicial circuit (comarca) was established (3 December 1884).
Joseph McMillan, 18 March 2002
The coat of arms and flag were adopted by law 549 of 1 November 1967.
Joseph McMillan, 17 March 2003