⋆The German Flag⋆

" Der einzelne ist doch nur etwas, indem er sich am großen Ganzen mitwirkend beteiligt,

für des Vaterlandes Einheit und Freiheit sein Bestes tut"

Hoffmann von Fallersleben

The black, red, and golden flag was raised for the first time during the Hambach Festival in 1832. It was a patriotic demonstration, demanding democratic freedoms and national unity. Its colors go back to the Lützow Free Corps uniforms, a Prussian volunteer force during the Napoleonic wars (1803 - 1815). The flag held official status in 1848 when the Frankfurt Parliament served as Germany's first democratic institution.