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Tirksliai (Telsiai, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 12 December 2009

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Tirksliai (Mazeikiai District) - on a blue field a silver pale with 5 red hearts palewise. Flag proportions 5:6, free edges bordered with black and silver rope, finial is a silver knob with silver bands. The charge is related to the shrine in the centre of town: on three sides of it there are placed 5 red hearts. Two local legends exist about that shrine:
(1) it was built in 1667 by local landlady Vazinskiene in the memory of her son tortured by the Swedes;
(2) it is built by local landlord Vazinskis in the memory of his servant tortured by Swedes but who did not reveal the hiding place of the landlord's wife Vazinskiene and her 4 children.
But historians say the shrine was built in 1867 in memory of the uprising in 1863 and its insurgents. Anyway, these hearts symbolize love, courage and fidelity.
Virginijus Misiunas, 12 December 2009