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Gresham, Oregon (U.S.)

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[Flag of Gresham, Oregon] image located by Dave Fowler, 17 July 2020

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An article mostly about the BLM flag also shows the City of Gresham flag, a lavender seal and lilac branches on white.

From the PFA website:

The Flag of Gresham, Oregon – Portland Flag Association
Flag Proportions 2:3
Adopted 24 July 1984
Design: The flag is white and has the city seal in the center, with flowering lilac branches at each side. The seal contains two concentric circles with an image of Mt. Hood in the center, reflected in a lake. Curved within the top part of the ring is the name “City of Gresham”. Curved in the lower part of the ring is the date “1905”, preceded and followed by three strawberries. All decoration and printing on the flag is in lavender. Lilac is the official city flower.
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Dave Fowler, 17 July 2020

Gresham was incorporated in 1905, and lies about 40 miles west-northwest of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak. Lilac is the official city flower. Strawberry fields were once common in the area.

One of Gresham’s sister cities, Ebetsu, Japan, had given its flag to the city, and Mayor Margaret Weil wanted to return the favor by giving Ebetsu a Gresham flag when she next visited Japan. Judy Wylie, a city employee, suggested the seal-and-lilacs design and worked with the secretary to the Finance Director, Jo Cunningham, who produced a sample sketch. (Ebitsu received its gift flag in 1984.)

Judy Wylie conceived the design. Jo Cunningham drew the artwork.

There is a variety of lilac named City of Gresham, but its appearance does not match the flag’s artwork. In 2006, Michael Orelove asked Mayor Charles Becker for a used city flag to bring with him to Juneau when he competed against his brother Joel of Juneau, Alaska in the Alaska State Gold Panning championship. His brother would have the Juneau flag flying behind him as he panned, and Orelove wanted to match his with a Gresham flag. In addition to giving Orelove a flag, Becker issued a Mayoral Proclamation appointing him Champion for the City of City of Gresham to “carry our banner” at the contest. (Orelove lost the 2006 competition, but won in 2007, with Gresham’s flag behind him.)

Portland Flag Association, 20 December 2020


[Municipal seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 22 November 2019

Paul Bassinson, 22 November 2019