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The Assyrian Foundation of America uses the flag of the Assyrians.

Former flag

[Assyrian Foundation of America] image by Jorge Candeias, 15 February 2005

The AFA, as many other such organizations, has a flag and, as many other organizations, its flag changed in time. At the flags are discussed as follows:

"This flag was in use by the Assyrian American Federation (AAF) prior to 1975 when it dropped it for the current Assyrian flag. The old flag was designed originally by the Syriacs from Turkey (from Kharbut - Tur Abdin area) whom established the AAF early 1920s. They wanted the three stars to represent the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Syriac names of our nation. In 1975, the Assyrian American Federation which by then was compromised mainly from Assyrians of Hakkari and Urmia region decided to change the old flag to the current design of the Assyrian Flag."

What they call the "old flag" is depicted in the page reached by the first URL in this message and consists of a horizontal tricolour of magenta, white and red with three white stars in the canton.

[Assyrian Foundation of America] image by Jorge Candeias, 15 February 2005

At  , however, there's another depiction of this flag or something closely related. It is included in the back cover of the Assyrian Star Magazine of December 1975 and the caption that goes with the scan tells us that it's the flag accompanied by the logo of the Assyrian American Educational Association, an affiliate of the AAF. The flag shows some differences from the AAF flag: the most obvious is the logo, a seal-like device with two concentric circles containing the picture of an archer standing on a bull, all in black and white. But there are also differences in the stripes, which don't have the same size and instead show a wider top stripe and a narrower central one, and also in the disposition of the three stars. This might be the flag of the AAEA.

Jorge Candeias, 15 February 2005