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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 4 December 2009
The symbols adopted on 10 April 2005 by Heraldic Commission of
the Lithuanian Department of Interior.
Jens Pattke, 2 May 2005
The animal is probably a lynx.
Pascal Gross, 2 May 2005
The city of Taurage is loacted in
the south-west of Lituania, some 20 km north of the border with
Russia (Kaliningrad enclave). The county of Tauragé has an area
of 3,874 sq. km and a population of 130,100 (as estimated in
Ivan Sache, 5 May 2005
Taurage county - on a red field a silver-armed golden lynx on
guard, holding a silver sword and on the left shoulder silver
arms with a red hunting horn, and a blue bordure with 10 golden
Jogaila crosses. Flag proportions 5:6, free edges bordered with
golden rope, finial is a silver lance head with golden bands. The
red field means blood spilled in the fight for freedom of the
country, the armed lynx means vigilance in the border lands both
for positive possibilities of the neighbourhood and
against unwished influences. Also the lynx reminds of the
former dependency of land to the ancient Raseiniai district
(pavietas). The horn citates the arms of Taurage city.
The blue border with 10 Jogaila crosses is a common element for all counties of Lithuania: the border means dependence, the Jogaila cross means Lithuania, and 10 means the number of counties. Colours golden on blue are traditional for Jogaila cross in Lithuanian heraldry.
Virginijus Misiunas, 4 December 2009
image by Jens Pattke, 2 May 2005