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Świdnica rural district (Poland)

Świdnica county, Dolnośląskie voivodship

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[Świdnica commune flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 18 Sep 2008
adopted 9 Aug 1996 See also:

Świdnica rural district flag

Świdnica - rural commune, Świdnica County, Dolnośląskie Voivodship - former German name: Schweidnitz.
On August 9, 1996, the Commune's Council passed the Resolution of the adoption of the Arms and the flag of the Swidnica Commune.
"The Arms are the reflection of the traditions, natural environment and important events of the Commune.
The Owl, sitting on the triple hill, symbolizes the Owl Mountains and the Hills of Walbrzych and it is connected with the hilly character of the Commune's territory and its tourist routes.
The owl is universally recognized as a symbol of wisdom, vigilance, witticism and solitude (in the heraldic sense)
Red Griffin symbolizes the links with the City of Swidnica- it is that city's symbol since 1452.
The griffin, in the heraldry, is a symbol of the knightly bravery, and in Christianity it is a symbol of the hypostatic union of the joint divine and human nature of Christ.
The wheat stalk symbolizes the agricultural character of the Commune. In the heraldry, it represents the munificence of the land.
The Olive Branch recalls the very important event, which took place in the village of Krzyzowa on November 12, 1989.
It was a High Mass of Reconciliation attended by Polish Prime Minister - Tadeusz Mazowiecki and German Chancellor - Helmut Kohl, shortly after Poland emerged from the darkness of Communist occupation as an independent and democratic nation, and Germany were re-unified.
That Mass was a further step in the reconciliation and building the friendship between Polish and German Nations after the pastoral letter of Polish Bishops to their German brothers: "We forgive and ask for forgiveness" of 1965, on the eve of Polish Millenium, in the spirit of Christan humility.
("Hirtenbrief der polnischen Bischöfe an ihre deutschen Amtsbrüder")

The flag of the Swidnica Commune is a horizontal tri-band of red, yellow and blue - the colors of the Arms."
Chrystian Kretowicz, 18 Sep 2008


Świdnica rural district Coat of Arms

[Świdnica coat of arms] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 18 Sep 2008
adopted 9 Aug 1996