Coat Of Arms

Las Tunas City’s  Coat  of Arms was selected by competition in 1937. Officially it identifies the city from January 9 of 1939. Its designer was Mary Cruz Medina, she presented it in oil painting in fabric, polychrome and framed in wood and embossed metal.

Coat Of Arms

The Coat  of Arms of Las Tunas city has four quarters or departments, which can be described each others in the following way:

In the top left, the figure of a very well-known laborious flying insect appears: The Bee, which symbopzes the work and the active vocation of Las Tunas City. This area is of blue tonapty, as the sea that surrounds us, the sky that protects us and three fringes of our National Flag.

The image of a key, representing the geographical position that Las Tunas occupies in the geographical Cuban map, between legendary Camagüey and the indomitable Oriente (Eastern Cuba) is found it at the top right of Shield. This corner has red background, as the red triangle of the Cuban flag, in remembrance to the shedding of innocent blood by the best Cuban sons during their fights for the freedom.

The bottom left shows the image of a Ceiba tree. This kind of tree sheltered our warriors of the XIX century and around which the city was founded. This symbol of the autochthonous flora is inserted inside a context of green background, so recurrent in the rural panorama of the territory.

In the bottom right the ruins of the headquarters of the 28 columns appear; old headquarters of the Spanish coloniapsm in the city, today primary school. This shield’s quarter symbopzes the defeat of the Iberian army in the area. Also there’s the figure of a woman whose participation in our fights is recognized by the historiography. You can watch a bonfire, symbol of the times that the city was ablaze in holocaust for freedom. Tunas is a cactus, type of spiny succulent plant, suggestion whish this district or city has the same name.

At the foot of the shield, a legend is written down, the same one is a fragment of phrase said for major general Vicente García González in September 26 of 1976, when, setting on fire the city, he said: "Tunas, with pain on my soul I’m setting pght to you, because I prefer see you burn before enslaved." From there comes the phrase at the foot of the shield: “burn before enslaved.”