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Des Plaines, Illinois (U.S.)

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[Des Plaines, Illinois flag] image by Ken Knorr, 28 May 2007

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Description of the flag

On a white field, a golden ring with text, over which is an eagle in flight, carrying a map of Illinois in its claws.  The date 1835 is split by the eagle-map emblem, as is text below it. In the upper fly and upper hoist are two gold stars. Across the bottom of the field is a broad green stripe with the words DES PLAINES.
Dov Gutterman, 7 November 2002

I found this one on a booklet issued by the City of Des Plaines, "A Guide to Des Plaines Government 2006" Tony W. Arredia, Mayor; Donna McAllister, City Clerk; David J. Niemeyer, City Manager.

On August 27, 1960, at the 125th Anniversary Ball at the O'Hare Inn, the Flag of the City of Des Plaines was officially presented and adopted. Designed by Arthur R. Weffer, the design and color combinations were selected by a board of judges as best portraying the story of Des Plaines.

Interpretation of the Flag of the City of Des Plaines
Center Circle in Gold- Unity of churches, schools, industry and residential areas to form a complete community of high standards.
American Eagle Over Map of Illinois- National symbol of strength, grace and keenness of vision.
"Dignity, Decency, Determination"- Words appropriate of the past and suitable as goals of high ideals for the future.
1835- Our founding date.
"City of Des Plaines, Illinois"- Specific Identity.
Small Gold Star on Map of Illinois- Specific geographic location.
Two Large Gold Stars in Upper Corner- One for recognition of past citizens and their contribution in development of Des Plaines. The other for citizens of the future who will determine the destiny of Des Plaines.
Panel Across Bottom of Flag in Green- Indicative of the fertile green fields and flowing river which enticed the first pioneer settlers to establish their homes here.
Large "Des Plaines" on Green Field- A name proudly displayed so it can be easily identified wherever this Flag is on view.
Ken Knorr, 28 May 2007


[City Seal] located by Paul Bassinson, 10 July 2019

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Paul Bassinson, 10 July 2019