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Koewacht (The Netherlands)

Terneuzen municipality, Zeeland province

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[Koewacht flagproposal] by Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004
proposal by A.J. Beenhakker, c.1970

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Koewacht former municipality

Koewacht (meaning: cow-watch) is a former municipality in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, since 1970 part of Axel municipality, and since 2003 part of Terneuzen.
It had possibly a flag: hor. green-yellow-green (?) (according to Mr. Hans van Heijningen; Ir Beenhakker mentioned in his article, that Koewacht had an official flag).
Flagproposal: At c. 1/3 of flaglength a vertical green stripe over alying, equally narrow red stripe at half flagheight, all on a yellow field.
The flag for this double-village on the Belgian border is based on the municipal arms.
Through the yellow cornfields runs the (red) border, but this is interrupted by the villagestreet, connecting both villages right through the border. Green is also the color of flax, the main product on both sides of the border
Source: Anton Jansen's magazine "Vlaggen", #71, 1991, flagdesigns for Zeeland municipalities by Ir. A.J. Beenhakker - courtesy of Mr. Hans van Heijningen.
Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004

Koewacht Coat of Arms

[Koewacht Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004, based  on image in the Koffie Hag Album.
Granted 31 Jul 1817
Coat of arms: or a cow gules, standing between three trees on a loose terrace, all vert.
There is a tradition that after a certain area of eastern Zeeuws-Vlaanderen had been flooded, people met a cow waiting between some trees.
Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004