The history of Aruban flag is quite interesting. A contest was held to find a design for a new island flag.
There were more than 700 entries. The flag commission didnít want any heraldic emblems, slogans or writing on the flag. The flag couldnít be expensive to make and the didnít want it to resemble any other flag so that the Aruban flag would be distinctive.
They wanted the flag to be so simple that a school child could draw it and for the colors to contrast enough so no color would be overwhelmed by any other.
It was also important that the symbols and colors used represents the culture and history of the people and island of Aruba.
At one point the committee had narrowed the field down to two or three designs that they felt might work. However it was decided to pull elements such as colors and symbols from several designs. This way the flag would reflect the feelings of more than just a few Arubans, but those of most people.
There were many star, stripe and discs that represented the sun, that were generally yellow or gold. The sun represented many things, one being economic growth and national unity. More than fifty nationalities live in Aruba in peace with their neighbors.
More than 50% of the entries had stripes. Some were vertical, some horizontal, or on a slant. Some were wide with only one or two, others were narrow. Stars were also abundant. Some with several points, but many were four pointed.
Sarah Bollinger from the Flag Research Institute in Massachusetts U.S.A. helped to select elements to be included and pointed out that the four point star appeared on no other flag. It was adopted on 18 March 1976.