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Old 07-19-2019, 05:08 PM
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Does your city have a flag? What does it look like?


Inspired by this thread

The title says it all. I'll start:

Presenting, Chapel Hill, NC

I like it. symbolic, well-designed, good colors, with the silhouettes of some of the more recognizeable (to locals, anyway) structures.

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Old 07-19-2019, 05:17 PM
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Chicago has a flag, which is frequently seen in the city.

The symbology of the elements of the Chicago flag:

- The three white background areas of the flag represent Chicago's North, West, and South sides

- The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan, and the North Branch of the Chicago River

- The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the Chicago River, and the Great Canal

- The four, six-pointed red stars represent pivotal events in Chicago history:
>- The first star represents the Chicago Fire of 1871
>- The second star represents the Columbian Exposition of 1893
>- The third star reprsents the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933-34
>- The fourth star represents the Fort Dearborn Massacre of 1812
>- Each of the points of each of those stars has symbolism attached to it, as well

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Old 07-19-2019, 05:25 PM
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This is our current one. It's the sun rising over Lake Michigan.
Compared to past ones and some of the runners up before they chose this one, I kinda like it.

The other day, I saw someone that had painted it onto the front of their Jeep.

ETA, this is for Milwaukee.

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Old 07-19-2019, 05:52 PM
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Here's Tucson's city flag.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....YL._SX355_.jpg

It incorporates the city's skyline with the surrounding Sonoran desert area.
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:03 PM
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Atlanta’s flag is kinda boring, just a gold seal on a blue background. But the phoenix rising from flames and the motto “Resurgens” are completely appropriate for our city’s history. Shame it couldn’t have a bit more pizzazz; the only place I’ve ever seen it flying is outside city buildings.
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:37 PM
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Panama City, Panama, has a pretty elaborate one. It's basically the coat of arms of the city. The border is composed of the castles and lions of Castile and Leon, and the center contains a yoke for oxen, arrows, and two ships.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:43 PM
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San Francisco's flag: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_San_Francisco

The motto, "Oro en paz. Fierro en guerra," which I believe translates to "Gold in peace. Iron in war" is also on police uniforms (and probably fire department too, but I haven't seen those). I believe the flag is flown major city buildings like city hall.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:43 PM
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Folsom does not have a flag that I am aware of.

Sacramento, the nearest major city, does. It looks like this, with some swoopy, curvy fields of green, blue, white, darker blue, and yellow. I guess maybe the white one it the middle is supposed to represent the river but I don't know for sure.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:19 PM
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Fort Wayne IN displays it in every classroom and elsewhere. It has symbols for the Miami Indian, French, and English government and a blockhouse for the fort that it was before it was settled.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_o...Wayne,_Indiana
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:44 PM
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DC’s flag is based on George Washington’s coat of arms.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Washington,_D.C.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:21 PM
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Nashville's flag is similar to the Tennessee state flag -- a solid color with a circular logo in the middle and a fimbriated (thinly outlined in a contrasting color; in this case, white) stripe on the fly (the end not near the pole). Instead of three stars in a weird orientation (all pointing toward the center and 18 degrees clockwise from two-over-one; the bottom star also points to the right), there's the city seal. Instead of a red flag with a blue fly (the end not near the pole), there's a blue flag with a yellow fly.

Nashville Football [i.e., soccer] Club took its colors from the flag and passed them on to the present-day Nashville Soccer Club. The Nashville Predators also use the flag's colors, but I can't find a cite saying that was intentional.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:33 PM
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Fort Worth's flag is a simple white flag with Fort Worth in blue over a Texas longhorn (our city mascot Molly). I imagine it wouldn't have to say Fort Worth, we'd just have a longhorn, if it weren't for that damned university in Austin.

It is, possibly, better than the very first City of Fort Worth flag from 1912.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:36 PM
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The flag of Rochester, New York.

Not great but definitely better than the flag of Rochester, Minnesota or Rochester, Massachusetts.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:47 PM
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The City of London has a flag. That only applies to the City, though the square mile. My area doesn't have a flag. They're not a big thing in England.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:01 AM
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Just about every city of 50,000 or so has a flag.

And just about all of them are unmemorable and without character.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:44 AM
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New Britain, CT has a seal. I don't know the history behind the bee hive and to be honest, I don't really care.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:49 AM
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I kinda like the Portland OR flag.
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Old 07-20-2019, 01:44 AM
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New Britain, CT has a seal. I don't know the history behind the bee hive and to be honest, I don't really care.
One bit of history is that the motto is misspelled.
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Here's a list of flags associated with particular areas and cities of England (though technically more of them have a coat of arms than a flag)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_flags

Paris:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Paris

Berlin:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Berlin

Amsterdam:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Amsterdam
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:04 AM
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Flag of Las Vegas. It sucks and it's not at all original. It's just a derivative of the Flag of Nevada, which also sucks.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:16 AM
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I've always been puzzled by the blue cross part. It's supposed to represent the two rivers Columbia and Willamette. But they don't "cross". A "T" (or even better a "T" with a tilted top) would be a better fit.

I remember when it came out that people objected to it since it looked like the flag of Scandinavian countries and everyone "knew" those were a bunch of commies.

And how many flags have a truncated hypocycloid on them?
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:26 AM
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Kampen flag.

Nice and simple.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:32 AM
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A bit too much egg in the puddin’ to my taste.

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Old 07-20-2019, 08:38 AM
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My city of ~10k has a flag, or at least I think it does, because there's a flag at the city building that I don't recognize as anything else. I've never seen it close up, though, and it's not mentioned on the city website. (It uses the same colors as the local high school sports teams, so it could also just be a generic rah-rah spirit banner or something.)

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Old 07-20-2019, 08:59 AM
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Just about every city of 50,000 or so has a flag.

And just about all of them are unmemorable and without character.
My city (Huntsville AL) has a population of 160,000. Over 400,000 if you include the suburbs. We don't have a flag.
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My goodness, I see what you mean. Whole lotta stuff going on in that sucker.
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My goodness, I see what you mean. Whole lotta stuff going on in that sucker.
Not only is that unnecessarily busy, FFS the flag has flags in it!
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Chicago has a flag, which is frequently seen in the city.

The symbology of the elements of the Chicago flag:

- The three white background areas of the flag represent Chicago's North, West, and South sides

- The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan, and the North Branch of the Chicago River

- The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the Chicago River, and the Great Canal

- The four, six-pointed red stars represent pivotal events in Chicago history:
>- The first star represents the Chicago Fire of 1871
>- The second star represents the Columbian Exposition of 1893
>- The third star reprsents the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933-34
>- The fourth star represents the Fort Dearborn Massacre of 1812
>- Each of the points of each of those stars has symbolism attached to it, as well
I’ve always quite liked our city flag. Simple, identifiable from a distance, no text, good symbolism and colors. It’s everything a flag should be, in my opinion. Makes up for the horrendous (to my tastes) state of Illinois flag.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:05 PM
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Toronto has a very simple flag, with a stylized image of our iconic City Hall which also shows as a “T” along with a maple leaf.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:44 PM
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My city of Topeka, Kansas just got a new flag actually. The first link is to the new one, the second is to the old one.

https://www.wibw.com/content/news/Th...508759061.html

https://www.visittopeka.com/topeka-f...l-topeka-flag/
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:37 AM
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Flag of Tel Aviv.

It's basically the Israeli flag with the seal replacing the star, which is common in Israeli municipalities. The seal itself, IMHO, is a bit of a mess, with a (metaphorical) lighthouse, Herzl's seven stars placed in the least symmetrical manner possible, and a quote from the Book of Jeremiah - "I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt", which in Hebrew is just two words.

Jerusalem and my hometown of Haifa have much better flags, IMHO.

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Not only is that unnecessarily busy, FFS the flag has flags in it!


That's not that uncommon. Ensigns often have a flag in the canton. See the Grand Union Flag for an example, or the flags in the wiki Red Ensign page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Union_Flag

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Ensign
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City of Regina flag is pretty simple. Can't find a very good stand-alone image, but here's the City web-page:

https://www.regina.ca/export/sites/R...ty-Symbols.pdf

Gold on the bottom for wheat fields; blue on top for the sky. Straight boundary between them because well, that's what our horizon looks like. (Baker, I'm sure you'll get that, living in Kansas. )

And a St Edwards Crown, because Regina is the "Queen city" taking its name from Her late Majesty, Victoria.

Interestingly, the flag of Ukraine uses similar blue-gold symbolism. Another flat prairie country with grain agriculture, which is why the Canadian government encouraged Ukrainian immigrants to come to the Prairies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Ukraine
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My city of Topeka, Kansas just got a new flag actually. The first link is to the new one, the second is to the old one.



https://www.wibw.com/content/news/Th...508759061.html



https://www.visittopeka.com/topeka-f...l-topeka-flag/


I really like the new one. Flag with seals on them are not good. Just not.

New one is dtynamic and visually interesting, and the symbology stands out. I got the sunflower thing as soon as I looked at it. (Again, common prairie roots. )
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Jerusalem and my hometown of Haifa have much better flags, IMHO.

I really liked the Jerusalem flag. Again, clear symbolism: the Lion of Judah, on a flag based on the Israeli national flag.
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:57 AM
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Pamplona: green, with the escutcheon of the city in the middle.

Tudela: just like the flag of Finland, except for the escutcheon of the city in the middle.

Barcelona: y'all know the escutcheon for Barça? Its top half is taken from the city's symbols. "Quartered, with the bars of Aragon on second and third and the Cross of Saint George on first and fourth" describes both the escutcheon and the flag of Barcelona (the escutcheon bears a Count's crown).

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My hometown, Morovis PR

MUCH more interesting and vexillologically pleasant than my longtime place of residence and work, San Juan PR.

Many towns in PR, to be fair, did not really have officially sanctioned flags until the 1970s when the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture encouraged research into what had been their heraldry in Spanish times and the island legislature authorized the regulation of their use.

My other longest-lived-and-worked location was Baltimore, MD.

Currently I am residing until at least 2021 in Arlington County, VA, which is pretty meh flagwise. At least it's not blue or white.
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i can see why you'd say the San Juan flag isn't a stand-out, but the symbolism is clear: the Lamb of God, a phrase from the Gispel of St John, on an island.

I suppose they could have chosen an eagle instead, but that's not as distinctive, because it's used in a lot of hreraldry, as the flag for Morovis shows. That's certainly a striking flag!
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My current city of residence, Cleveland, Ohio, has a flag, and it sucks - looks like France's, but with the city seal on it. Borrrrrring: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Cleveland

Ohio has a great state flag (and I'd say that even if I didn't live here). But the city flags I've seen here all suck.

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Atlanta’s flag is kinda boring, just a gold seal on a blue background. But the phoenix rising from flames and the motto “Resurgens” are completely appropriate for our city’s history. Shame it couldn’t have a bit more pizzazz; the only place I’ve ever seen it flying is outside city buildings.
Linky no worky. Try this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlant...of_Atlanta.svg

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...definitely better than the flag of Rochester, Minnesota....
Dear Lord, has the long-feared robot uprising already begun there...?

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That's not that uncommon. Ensigns often have a flag in the canton....
Including in the state flag of Hawaii which, Angophile though I am, I hate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Hawaii

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I really liked the Jerusalem flag. Again, clear symbolism: the Lion of Judah, on a flag based on the Israeli national flag.
Agreed.

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...My other longest-lived-and-worked location was Baltimore, MD....
Me likey. Nicely compliments the Maryland flag (which people either love or hate; I happen to love it): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Maryland
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i can see why you'd say the San Juan flag isn't a stand-out, but the symbolism is clear: the Lamb of God, a phrase from the Gispel of St John, on an island.
It helps that the Arms of the city date to back when they would be actually issued by the Spanish Crown and people involved knew their stuff.

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It is one of the towns who got seals/pseudo-arms and flags in the 70s -- flag turned out Aragonese-influenced ISTM, and this eagle is also from John, only this one being specifically the sigil of the Evangelist himself, after the name (Juan Evangelista) of the town founder (a terribly distant ancestor of mine on my maternal grandfather's side).

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I'm actually wearing a t-shirt of my city's flag right now. Indianapolis
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I'm actually wearing a t-shirt of my city's flag right now. Indianapolis
Ooo.. I like that one!
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The flag of St. Louis. Two wavy lines that come together (the confluence of the Mississippio and Missouri Rivers) and a fleur de lis (the symbol of (St.) Louis IX, king of France.)
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My current city of residence, Cleveland, Ohio, has a flag, and it sucks - looks like France's, but with the city seal on it. Borrrrrring: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Cleveland
I agree. In my opinion, all flags with seals on them should be treated the same way as the Romanians dealt with the crest on the flag of the Socialist Republic of Romania, during the uprising against Ceausescu: cut it out!

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Ohio has a great state flag (and I'd say that even if I didn't live here).
Concur! The swallowtail design is distinctive and the stars, stripes and buckeye really "pop"!


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. Now, now, I'm sure it was cutting edge graphic design in its time. Which I would estimate to have been the mid-sixties...


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Including in the state flag of Hawaii which, Angophile though I am, I hate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Hawaii
Why?

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Me likey. Nicely compliments the Maryland flag (which people either love or hate; I happen to love it): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Maryland
Agreed. I like heraldic banners and have always thought Maryland's flag was a good one : eye-catching and memorable, in a good way.

And now that I look again at the Jerusalem flag, I think that the crest (crest, not seal!) is referencing two other features of Jerusalem. The bacground, I'm guessing, is referring to the Wall on Temple Mount, and the leaves which frame it are likely referring to the Mount of Olives. Am I close, Alessan?
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Found a better image of the Regina flag.
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It may seem weird, but the City of Lethbridge's flag is based on the American Stars and Stripes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Lethbridge

It makes sense, though: our city traces its history back to American whisky traders, who came into what is now southern Alberta, in about 1870, in order to trade with the local natives. Hence, "Fort Whoop-Up," the name of one of the earliest settlements. The RCMP didn't arrive to calm things down until 1874 or so.

There is other symbolism present in Lethbridge's flag, but it has been worked into a design that was obviously influenced by the Stars and Stripes.
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Does your city have a flag? What does it look like?


[Johnny Carson] I did not know that! [/Johnny Carson]

Thanks for the info, Spoons.
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And now that I look again at the Jerusalem flag, I think that the crest (crest, not seal!) is referencing two other features of Jerusalem. The bacground, I'm guessing, is referring to the Wall on Temple Mount, and the leaves which frame it are likely referring to the Mount of Olives. Am I close, Alessan?
The background does indeed reference the Western/Wailing Wall - it even has smaller stones on top, just like the wall itself. The olive branches are more a general reference to the many olive trees native to the city and it's surroundings, as well as the standard symbol of peace, which can be seen in many examples of Israeli heraldry, such as the Emblem of Israel itself and the IDF emblem.
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[Johnny Carson] I did not know that! [/Johnny Carson]

Thanks for the info, Spoons.
You're quite welcome! You may also find it interesting to know that the name "Whoop-Up" survives to this day, in a re-creation of Fort Whoop-Up (a local tourist attraction), Whoop-Up Drive (a major city artery), and Whoop-Up Days (our version of the Calgary Stampede).

Although Americans trading whisky to the natives may not be the most noble of beginnings, we are reminded of their role in founding what would become our city when we see our city's flag.
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We do, and it's SHIT. What a fucking embarrassment.

You know who have absolutely amazing flags? Japanese cities. Most of them are in the mon style, so no wonder.

Although, props to Sakura for going full, pink cock-and-balls...

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