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Urdaneta (Lara, Venezuela)

Municipio Urdaneta

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According to Lisseth Medina, "Diario El Tiempo", the flag of the municipality of Urdaneta will be inaugurated on 18 December 2006, 9 AM, on Bolívar Square in the parish of La Queberada. The flag was designed on 24 May 2006 by inhabitants of the parish of Santiago, as reported by Pr. José Giro, from the Bolivarian School  “Francisco Briceño Araujo”, La Mesa de Esnujaque parish. The final design of the flag incorporated suggestions from inhabitants of all the parishes forming the municipality, that is Jajó, Tuñame, Cabimbú, La Mesa de Esnujaque and Santiago.
According to the municipal website, Urdaneta (59,095 inhabitants) is located in the State of Lara. It is made (from west to east) of the parishes of Xaguès, Siquisique, San Miguel and Maroturo. Siquisique, founded in 1534 in the valley of Río Tocuyo, is the most inhabited parish of the municipality. Urdaneta was the place of two battles, in 1812 (Battle of Baragua, during the Independence War) and 1959 (Battle of Siquisique).
Like the municipality of Rafael Urdaneta, located in the State of Tachira, Urdaneta is named after a hero of the independence of Gran Colombia and Venezuela. General Rafael Urdaneta (1789-1845) was a brother-in-arms of Simon Bolívar, who appointed him Secretary of War in 1828. After Bolívar's death, he attempted to preserve the unity of Great Colombia, to no avail, and was forced to exile. After his return to Venezuela, President Soublette sent him as his envoy extraordinary to Europe in order to obtain the recognition of the new state of Venezuela. Urdaneta died in Paris, on his way to Madrid.
More complete biographical details can be read on <> and <>.
Ivan Sache, 16 December 2006

The flag of Urdaneta, as designed by Señorita Marilin Falcón, is horizontally divided white-green with a green triangle placed along the hoist and charged with four yellow stars, three of them being placed vertically along the hoist and the fourth one being placed near the inner angle of the triangle. The proportion of the flag is 5:8, the triangle extends over 40% of the flag length.
Source: Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 22 May 2007