The current flag of Puerto Rico was officially adopted as the national flag on July 25, 1952 when Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth of the United States. The flag consists of 5 alternate red and white stripes, and on the left of the flag is a single white five-pointed star laying on a blue triangle. The design of the Commonwealth flag reflects the close ties between Cuba and Puerto Rico patriots in the 19th century, for the Puerto Rico flag is the reverse of the Cuban flag.
The following is the symbolism of the Puerto Rico flag that was adopted and approved by United States Congress in 1952: “Red Stripes – stands for the “blood” that nourishes the three branches of our government; Legislative, Executive and Judiciary; White Stripes – represents individual liberty and the rights that keep in perfect balance our form of government; Blue Triangle – stands for the “Republican Government”, represented by the three branches; White Lone Star – represents “The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico”.”
There was also an original symbolism of the Puerto Rican Flag before July 1952, and it is as follows: “Red Stripes – The blood from the brave warriors of the revolution; White Stripes – Victory and peace after obtaining independence; Blue Triangle – Our sky and sea; White Lone Star – Our beautiful Island.”
History shows the traditions and cultural pride of Puerto Ricans will not cease whether Puerto Rico becomes a state or remains a territory of the United States. The American pride is clear in Major League Baseball, Puerto Ricans have historically played a major role in the sport, they happily play for the American team and hold up the flag, and when nostalgia and homeland pride kicks in, they will hold up their beloved Puerto Rican flag.
The American Flag flies right along side the Puerto Rican flag on the island, with the American flag always in the place of honor.