The national flag of Armenia (Armenian Tricolor) is a rectangular flag featuring three horizontal bands of equal thickness, red on top, blue in the middle and orange (apricot) on the bottom. The Armenian Supreme Soviet officially adopted the current flag on August 24, 1990. Then on June 15, 2006 the Law on the National Flag of Armenia, governing its usage, was passed by the National Assembly of Armenia.
The symbolization of colors of the Armenia flag have two main interpretations. The first interpretation is the red stands for the blood of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in the Armenian Genocide during 1914-1923. Blue symbolizes the Armenian pure sky, and orange represents the nation’s courage. The second interpretation is taken from the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia which states: the red illustrates the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people’s continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Christian faith, and Armenia’s independence and freedom; the blue represents the will of the people to live beneath peaceful skies, and orange denotes the hard working nature and creative talent of the Armenian citizens.
The original colors were from the Lusignan period and were red, blue and yellow. Soon the yellow was replaced by orange as it better merged with the other two colors. The orange color is often called the color of apricot in Armenia, which is one of the their most popular fruits.
Stepanos Sargsi Malkhasyants, an Armenia academician, linguist, lexicographer, and philologist designed and interpreted the current Armenia flag during the period of the First Republic of Armenia.
Military service for a male citizen is mandatory in Armenia, so almost every second family in the neighborhood, at least for two years, has a family member serving in the Armenian army. Those families who have a family member serving in the army, hang an Armenia flag outside their balcony, usually on the street side.