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A white flag with the town seal showing a carriage and the town name and date
and incorporation around it in red. Merrimac is in Essex County.
Dov Gutterman, 8 November 2002
image by Masao Okazaki, 8 July 2019
Newspaper article about new flag:
New flag not flying with all Merrimac officials
By Elizabeth Rose Correspondent Apr 16, 2015
The town flag committee presented selectmen with the final design for a new town flag on Monday and received some pushback from the board. Earl Baumgardner said he disagreed with the need for a new flag and opposed the expenditure of any town funds for the project. Allan Jarvis, flag committee chairman, presented the committee’s timeline for designing a new town flag. Jarvis said the initial idea came from a visit to the Massachusetts Statehouse. When a few townspeople viewed the current flag representing Merrimac, they found it to be worn and faded. They decided to initiate a new design.
The committee went through 12 to 15 iterations before settling on the flag they presented on Monday. It is a 3-by-5-foot nylon flag with a white background cut through diagonally with a blue chevron [sic]. In the center is the black town seal of the traditional buggy with the words “Town of Merrimac, Incorporated 1876” in gold lettering and outlined in black. The flag has a red border.
The red, white and blue colors were selected as a reference to the Revolutionary War because Merrimac was incorporated 100 years later. They chose the blue chevron running diagonally through the white field to represent the Merrimack River. The committee wanted to “commemorate” the river that is key to the economic past and current recreation of the town.
Masao Okazaki, 6 July 2019
image located by Paul Bassinson, 3 May 2020
Paul Bassinson, 3 May 2020