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Horst a/d Maas (The Netherlands)

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[Horst aan de Maas flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 19 Feb 2002; design: Piet Bultsma. Other Horst aan de Maas pages: See also:

Horst aan de Maas municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 28.472; area: 121,93 km². Settlements: Horst (seat), America, Broekhuizen, Broekhuizenvorst, Griendtsveen, Grubbenvorst, Hegelsom, Lottum, Melderslo, Meterik.
Horst aan de Maas is the result of a merger of the former municipalities of Broekhuizen, Grubbenvorst and Horst on 1 Jan 2001.
Description of the flag:
Seven equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and black, with to the hoist a vertical white stripe with five red medlar flowers with a yellow heart.
The white stripe symbolizes the Maas river, which flows as a silver ribbon along the eastern border of the municipality. The medlar flowers symbolize the historical connection with the former Duchy of Gelre, while the number of five refer to the five "schepenbanken" (courts of aldermen) within the present municipality: Broekhuizen, Ooyen, Lottum, Grubbenvorst and Horst.
The heraldic drawings of Coat of Arms and flag have been made by Piet Bultsma, after a design by René Vroomen.
Souce: the Horst aan de Maas website.
Jarig Bakker, 31 May 2003

Horst aan de Maas Coat of Arms

[Horst aan de Maas Coat of Arms] image from the Horst aan de Maas website.

By Royal Resolution of 6 May 2002 the municipality was granted a Coat of Arms.
Description:
Or three fesses noir bordered argent with five medlar flowers gules, budded or. Surmonté a crown or of three leaves and two pearls.
The arms belonged to the extinct family Van Mirlaer (van Meerlo) with some additions. Jacob van Mirlaer was in 1345 Lord of Horst, and as far is known the first "Heer van Horst". The silver border symbolizes the Maas river, which flows as a silver ribbon along the eastern border of the municipality. The medlar flowers symbolize the historical connection with the former Duchy of Gelre, while the number of five refer to the five "schepenbanken" (courts of aldermen) within the present municipality: Broekhuizen, Ooyen, Lottum, Grubbenvorst and Horst.
The heraldic drawings of Coat of Arms and flag have been made by Piet Bultsma, after a design by René Vroomen.
Souce: the Horst aan de Maas website.
Jarig Bakker, 31 May 2003


Horst former municipality

[Horst former flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 19 augustus 1968

On 1 Jan 2001 Grubbenvorst, Broekhuizen and Horst merged to form the new municipality of Horst aan de Maas.
Horst is in north Limburg between Venlo and Nijmegen, with one of the world's best kept secrets: here lies America! Well, that is one of the villages in that municipality, an old peat-diggery. It forms part of the former marshy region of 'De Peel', which is now transformed in a major agricultural region. Some heather-fields have remained there.
Before the flag was officially adopted it was used at special occasions. It was derived from the municipal Coat of Arms, which was derived from 14th century family-Coats of Arms.
Jarig Bakker, 3 December 1999


Horst old unofficial flag

[Horst former unofficial flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
unofficial

Flagdescription: seven equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and black.
This flag was not officially adopted, but was used for appropriate occasions. The image is the same as the municipal arms.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]