Do you know Swiss symbolism?
The Swiss Cross which now resides on the modern Swiss flag originated from a flag used by the Holy Roman Empire. The flag of the empire was a white cross extending to the edges of a red field, and symbolized the emperor's role as the protector of Christianity. Most regions of Switzerland used variations of this flag in one form or another as they gained independence from the Roman empire. And, to make a very long story short, before Swiss independence was declared in 1291, and many times thereafter during the Middle Ages, Swiss Confederates used many forms of the flag. It was not until fairly recent times in the late 19th century that the form we know today was designed. In many cases prior to that era, the cross extended to the edges of the banners and the banners sometimes had forms other than a rectangle or square, as in the case of the 1422 Confederate triangular banner.
The “crossbow” is a symbol in Swiss history because of the importance that it played in Swiss rebellion throughout the centuries. It was a chief weapon with the Swiss Infantry and was used in countless battles throughout the ages. It was also made famous by the legend of William Tell. (See the article below.)
“CH” ,the abbreviation for Switzerland, stands for “Confoederatio Helvetica" which is the official Latin name of Switzerland. Translated this means “Confederation of Helvetiers.” This reference dates back to 1291 when the people of three regions of the area pledged to band together as “a one and only nation of brothers” against surrounding aggressors.
James Christian - May 2006