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Ruma (Municipality, Serbia)


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[Flag of Ruma] image by Željko Heimer, 2 September 2004

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Presentation of Ruma

The city of Ruma is located northeast of Belgrade, in Vojvodina. It was part of the historical County of Srem.

Željko Heimer, 2 September 2004

Municipal flag of Ruma

The flag of Ruma is square, blue with six white and green wavy stripes in the lower half and two yellow six-pointed star in the upper half. The flag is the simplification of the coat of arms.

Željko Heimer, 2 September 2004

Flags with arms

[Flag of Ruma]   [Flag of Ruma] image by Tomislav Šipek, 14 November 2021, 28 October 2021

The municipal flag with arms is seen at and at
Tomislav Šipek, 28 October 2021, 14 November 2021

Coat of arms of Ruma

[Arms of Ruma] image by Dragomir Acović, 6 September 2004

As part of the Slavonian Kingdom, Ruma was granted a coat of arms in 1749. The modern coat of arms is basically the same, with a modernized artwork, different supporters and figures around the shield and different background colours.
Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Heraldry website has the following information:

The arms were granted 1749. The three lines represents three rivulets that flow around Ruma. The stars represent the military credit of citizens in the war against Turkey. The letters read: IN HOC SIGNO EVADET OPPIDUM RUMA (With this sign the Town Ruma has developed).
According to another mail I received the shield historically should be red, the cross silver and the two arms were not the part of the shield, but supported a coronet above the shield. On the altar, there was no crown, but a green wreath. The stars were silver mullets, not stars.

The "other mail" refers to the original 1749 arms, while the first paragraph describes the modern representation adopted recently. I believe that the information, credited by Ralf Hartemink to Dragomir Acović and Siniža Živanović, refers to Acović for the first paragraph and Živanović for the second. There was quite a strong discussion in the Serbian media regarding the background colour of the shield and other items Živanović points out. It seems that Acović took a bit too much artistic liberty in redrawing the arms, so that he actually changed the blazon. This was noticed by someone in Ruma, but nevertheless Acović's coat of arms was adopted recently. A similarly dissenting coat of arms was printed in a heraldry album for Haag Coffee issued between the two World Wars (1932?) edited by Lazovski. While this album has several noticeable errors and some other less noticale, it is surely among the most important heraldic sources for that period.

The historical coat of arms on a seal and on the original grant is shown on the municipal website (page no longer online).

Željko Heimer, 6 September 2004

The English heraldic description of the supporters would be a sea-stag, to emphasize that they have antlers.

Graham Bartram, 2 September 2004