El Salvador National Anthem

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Anthem History

The National Anthem of El Salvador was commonly adopted as the National Song on September 15, 1879 but did not have official recognition until December 11, 1953 The Official National Anthem was composed and written by the artist Juan Aberle and by General Juan José Cañas. It was composed by recommendation of President Dr. Rafael Zaldívar and was sung for the first time on September 15, 1879 at the prior National Palace by children and young students from government and private schools of the capital city

Anthem Lyrics

HIMNO NACIONAL DE EL SALVADOR



CHORUS


SALUDEMOS LA PATRIA ORGULLOSOS


DE HIJOS SUYOS PODERNOS LLAMAR;


Y JUREMOS LA VIDA ANIMOSOS.


SIN DESCANSO A SU BIEN CONSAGRAR.

First Verse


De la paz en la dicha suprema


Siempre noble soñó El Salvador;


Fue obtenerla su eterno problema,


Conservarla es su gloria mayor.

Y con fe inquebrantable el camino


Del progreso se afana en seguir


Por llenar su grandioso destino,


Conquistarse un feliz porvenir.

Le protege una férrea barrera


Contra el choque de ruin deslealtad,


Desde el día que en su alta bandera


Con su sangre escribió: Libertad!

Second Verse


Libertad es su dogma, es su guía,


Que mil veces logró defender;


Y otras tantas de audaz tiranía


Rechazar el odioso poder.


Dolorosa y sangrienta es su historia,


Pero excelsa y brillante a la vez,


Manantial de legítima gloria,


Gran lección de espartana altivez.


No desmaya su ignata bravura:


En cada hombre hay un héroe inmortal,


Que sabrá mantenerse a la altura


De su antiguo valor proverbial.

Third Verse


Todos son abnegados y fieles


Al prestigio del bélico ardor,


Con que siempre segaron laureles


De La Patria salvando el honor.


Respetar los derechos extraños


Y apoyarse en la recta razón


Es para ella, sin torpes amaños,


La invariable, más firme ambición.


Y en seguir esta línea se aferra,


Dedicando su esfuerzo tenaz


En hacer cruda guerra a la guerra;


Su ventura se encuentra en la paz.

Anthem Lyrics English

Let us salute the motherland,


Proud to be called her children.


To her well-being let us swear


Boldly and unceasingly to devote our lives.

(repeat)

Devote our lives! (repeat 4 times)

Of peace enjoyed in perfect happiness,


El Salvador has always nobly dreamed.


To achieve this has been her eternal proposition,


To keep it, her greatest glory.


With inviolable faith, she eagerly follows


The way of progress


In order to fulfil her high destiny


And achieve a happy future.


A stern barrier protects her


Against the clash of vile disloyalty,


Ever since the day when her lofty banner,


In letters of blood, wrote "Freedom",


Wrote "Freedom", wrote "Freedom".

CHORUS


Freedom is her dogma and her guide;


A thousand times she has defended it,


And as many times has she repelled


The hateful power of atrocious tyranny.


Her history has been bloody and sad,


Yet at the same time sublime and brilliant,


A source of legitimate glory


And a great lesson in Spartan pride.


Her innate bravery shall not waver:


In every man there is an immortal hero


Who knows how to maintain the level


Of the proverbial valour of old.

CHORUS

All are self-denying and faithful


To the tradition of warlike ardour


With which they have always reaped fame


By saving the motherland's honour.


To respect the rights of others


And base her actions on right and justice


Is for her, without infamous intrigue,


The constant and most firm ambition.


And in following this line she persists,


Dedicating her tenacious efforts


In giving hard battle for battle;


Her happiness is found in peace.

CHORUS

El Salvador Flag

Flag Date of Adoption May 27, 1912
Flag Symbolism three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, and blue with the national coat of arms centered in the white band; the coat of arms features a round emblem encircled by the words REPUBLICA DE EL SALVADOR EN LA AMERICA CENTRAL; similar to the flag of Nicaragua, which has a different coat of arms centered in the white band - it features a triangle encircled by the words REPUBLICA DE NICARAGUA on top and AMERICA CENTRAL on the bottom; also similar to the flag of Honduras, which has five blue stars arranged in an X pattern centered in the white band. The Masonic triangle represents the 3 branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. The volcanoes stand for the 5 nations of Central America. Within the triangle are symbols of liberty (a Phrygian cap), the ideals of the people (golden rays), and peace (rainbow).

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