This article was translated by John R. Bopp

This news is not going to be getting headlines around the world, but to us it seems important, which is why we thought we ought to share it with our readers.

On this day, July 14, in 1894, the ikurriña flew for the first time.  It was at the inauguration of the “Euskeldun Batzokija” association, at number 22 Correo Street in Bilbao, when the flag, designed by brothers Sabino and Luis Arana, first saw the light of day.

At 6:00 that evening, it was raised on the balcony of the association’s house, and at that moment it started its journey to become the symbol the Basque feel most represented by.  It’s the symbol that best represents the Basque people and their desire for Freedom.

Today, it’s also the symbol the whole world identifies the Basques with, and its colors are now our people’s colors.

It’s a wonderful day to wish everyone:

Health and a Basque Republic!

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