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image by Stefan Lambregts, 17 Feb 2010
adopted 11 Feb 2010
The municipal council resolved on 11 February 2010 on a new flag with the following description: "Two equally high stripes of white and blue, charged with a red fleur-de-lis on the white stripe at 1/3 of flaglength, with a height of 3/8 flagheight. The flagmast is white with a meandering blue ribben with a silver knob".
Three reasons are given:
- The addition of the red lily to the flag can contribute to the togetherness and consciousness of unity amongst the citizens of the new municipality. For the lily was not only used on the arms of Roermond, but also on the arms of the old municipalities of Herten and Maasniel.
Swalmen is represented by the colors white, blue and red, used in the old municipal arms.
- By the addition of the lily the Roermond flag has been made different from those in Kampen, Assen and Hoogeveen.
- By the addition of the lily it is thought that the flag won't be hoisted upsidedown (which, unafortunately has been happening all too often up till now).
Jarig Bakker, 18 Feb 2010
Flagdescription: two equally wide horizontal stripes of white and blue.
This flag was adopted 15 Nov 1957 by municipal resolution. The colors are derived from the municipal arms. On 27 Mar 1857 the provincial governor (commissaris der koning) wrote to the Minister of Home Affairs that this flag of Roermond in Limburg was known as municipal flag, but "that no provincial or other municipal flag are known in this duchy". The flag was first used during a festivity in 1855. In 1938 the municipality wrote to the Gedeputeerde Staten of Limburg that the colors were: a stripe of silever (white) on top and a stripe of azure (blue) bottom. The Roermondenaars often commit the grave error of hoisting the flag upsidedown; when one asks someone on the street what the Roermondse vlag is, you will unvariably hear: blue-white!
Herten is a former municipality in Limburg province, since 1991 part
of the city of Roermond.
Flag: swallowtailed yellow with a red cross at 1/3 flaglength, at top and bottom bordered blue.
Adopted c. 1974
This flag is designed as a burgee to emphasize Herten's position along the Maas river (port, recreation); the colors are derived from the municipal arms.
Arms: per pale I. the Archangel Michael, with face, arms and legs of
natural color and wings argent, dressed in a tunic or and legprotectors
argent bordered or, armed with asword argent fixed to a belt or, standing
on a dragon vert armed of natural color, holding in his right hand a cross-standard
or, from which flashes of lightning shoot down; II. quartered: a and d
argent a fleur-de-lis gules; b and c argent three fesses azure.
Granted 3 Aug 1896
St. Michael is the patron saint of the church of Herten; the (heraldic)
left half is the arms of the Van Vlodrop family, lords of Herten for some
Herten was already mentioned in 865. One can still admire the ruins of the castle Oudenborgh.
Source: Vexilla Nostra 20 - 139 - 57.
Jarig Bakker, 25 Apr 2005