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by Blas Delgado
The image at pueblos-de-puertorico.com (defunct) site is exactly the same as at lexjuris site. In the last site a description in Spanish. I assume that the bird on the flag is a local parrot (?) . Río Grande seems to be better known as 'Ciudad del Yunque' after a mountainpeak close by; it is 30 Km east of San Juan in northeast Puerto Rico; it was founded June 16, 1840; there are 45,648 Riograndeños.
Jarig Bakker, 4 Febuary 2000
Río Grande (literally, 'big river', and stands for the Espíritu Santo River) - The flag has as its components the main representative symbols of the city. Over a white triangle it appears the Puerto Rican parrot, Amazonia vitatta vitatta (an alarmingly endangered species), by way that this is its territory, specially the El Yunque Mountain (and other peaks in the Luquillo Range), where this autochthonous species still subsists. The green band represents the Range that comprises the group of mountains where El Yunque overtop within the Río Grande jurisdiction (in fact, and contrary to popular belief, Pico del Este is the tallest mountain within the Range. El Yunque's significance comes from the fact that it was the Taíno's holiest mountain). The blue band represents the Espíritu Santo (Holy Ghost) River and makes reference to the city name.
Blas Delgado, 16 April 2001
by Nelson Román, 16 July 2004
In a field of silver, two Puerto Rican parrots (Amazon vitatta vitatta) , accompanied by a waving blue stripe, a green mountain with three peaks. The top portion of the shield is blue, with an opened silver book, accompanied on each side by five gold coins. Topped by a three tower gold crown outlined in black with green openings. Our shield reunites the native, historical and geographic elements of Río Grande. The center has the three peaks of El Yunque and, two Puerto Rican parrots; native birds that live in this region. The waving blue stripe represents the Esp?ritu Santo river, navigable route very useful for the tourist and commercial development. The open book represents the Pimentel and Castro School, the first school built in Puerto Rico by means of matched contributions by a municipality (Río Grande) and by the Insular Government of the Island. One of the five groups of coins, represents the five thousand dollars contributed by Grande River and the other group, the five thousand provided by the Insular Government of Puerto Rico for the construction of the school. The book also symbolizes the important participation the teachers and students of Río Grande, in taking the necessary steps to equip the municipality with a coat of arms, due to the initiative of the teacher and local historian Don Edmundo Del Valle, who gave to the project, which he never saw fulfilled during his life, all his dedication and enthusiasm. The crown is standard of municipal shields.
Nelson Román, 16 July 2004