It's time for our second Gold Cup Doubleheader-- this time, featuring a team that's not actually in the Gold Cup, Guatemala (they were actually suspended from the competition.) and El Salvador, who faced the United States in the Gold Cup quarterfinal and lost. Let's get to it, shall we?
First up, Guatemala:
The central emblem of the flag is the Coat of Arms of Guatemala which includes the quetzal bird, which stands for liberty- a parchment scroll bearing the date of Central America's independence from Spain- which is September 15th of 1821. The crossed rifles stand for Guatemala's willingness to defend itself, the crown of laurel is for victory and the crossed swords stand for honor. Fast fact about Guatemala: it's only one of two national flags of UN members to feature a firearm.*
Then, we've got El Salvador.
In the center you've got the Coat of Arms- which, like Guatemala's is quite striking. It's pretty packed with symbolism, so I'm going to let Wikipedia do the talking on this one. If dig heraldry, it's worth a read.
So there you have it- Guatemala and El Salvador. Remember until next time keep your flags flying, FREAK or otherwise!
*The other flag with a firearm is Mozambique.