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Sonora, Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil)

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[Flag of Sonora, MS (Brazil)] image by Dirk Schönberger, 12 November 2010

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Flag made of four rectangles nested into each other toward the lower fly, green, yellow, blue, white, with a green star in the smallest white triangle in the lower fly.

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Dirk Schönberger, 12 November 2010

The municipality of Sonora (12,251 inhabitants in 2006; 4,075 sq. km) is located in the north of Mato Grosso do Sul, 360 km of Campo Grande.

The municipality of Sonora was created by State Decree No. 828 on 3 June 1988, which separated it from the municipality of Pedro Gomes. Commandant Maurício Coutinho Dutra was appointed by President of the Republic Getúlio Vargas director of Paner, the airline in charge of night flights between Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Cuiabá and Manaus. After the military coup of 1964, Coutinho retired in a ranch located near river Corrientes, in the municipality of Pedro Gomes. In 1975, he offered to his nephew, Colonel Raul Kelvin Thuin, 10,000 ha of land, asking him to manage them in a way "useful to Brazil". With the help of the consulting company Planec, led by the Swiss-born Beat Rolf Stucki, and of Fernando Correia da Costa, Governor of Mato Grosso, Kelvin set up a development plan for the area, based on the building of a factory producing sugarcane alcohol. Lamartino Navarro, the precursor of plant alcohol production in Brazil, joined the project, and the Aquarius plant started production in 1979. Commandant Maurício Coutinho Dutra was fond of western films; during his retirement, he often went to Rondonópolis to watch such films. As a reference to his own situation, he called his retirement place Sonora, for the Mexican border town where the black hat guys hid from the Texan marshals in western films. - Municipal website

The municipal symbols (flag, coat of arms and anthem) of Sonora are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 24 of 22 December 1989.

"Article 6.
The municipal flag of Sonora - MS [Mato Grosso do Sul], designed by the heraldist and vexillologist Pr. Acioné Antonio Peixoto de Faria, shall be tierced per fess. The outer fess shall be green, forming a right angle, with a vertical part of 4 modules and a horizontal part of 3 modules. The central and inner fesses shall be yellow and blue, respectively, with the same dimensions. A white rectangle of 8 x 5 modules shall be charged in the middle with a six-pointed star.

The municipal flag of Sonora follows the "tierced per fess" rules. The angles are the heraldic symbols of liberty, equality and fraternity, following the motto of the French Revolution.
- Green represents the municipal government and the municipal seat, and is also a symbol of tranquility, dedication, self confidence, courage, intrepidity and valiance;
- Yellow represents the rural estates located on the municipal territory;
- Blue is the symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal, loyalty, recreation and beauty.

Article 7.
As prescribed by the heraldic rules, the municipal flag shall be a rectangle of 14 x 20 modules."

The image shown below the description does not match it, having the vertical and horizontal stripes of equal width.

Ivan Sache, 13 November 2010