Emblem of Guatemala
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The emblem of Guatemala was adopted in 1871. It comprises:
- A wreath of bay laurel branches, the symbol for victory;
- The resplendent quetzal, a bird that symbolizes liberty;
- A parchment scroll on which is written LIBERTAD 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821 in gold (15 September 1821 is the date of Central America's independence from Spain);
- Two crossed Remington rifles with bayonets indicating Guatemala's willingness to defend itself by force if need be;
- Two crossed swords, representing honor.