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Mladenovac (Municipality, Serbia and Montenegro [Serbia])


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Flag of Mladenovac - Image by Željko Heimer, 17 May 2002

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Flag of Mladenovac

Mladenovac is one of the communities forming the modern town of Belgrade.

The coats of arms (greater, middle, lesser) and the flag were adopted on 15 May 2002, after a design by Father Aleksej von Biron and its graphical interpretation of Dragomir Acović, Chairman of the Serbian Society for Heraldry, Genealogy, Vexillology and Phaleristics White Eagle and Royal Household Herold.
The flag is square, blue with a golden oak trefoil and a white horizontal stripe near the bottom. As it is the modern practice in Serbian heraldry, the flag is a simplification of the charges from the coat of arms.

Source: Correspondence with Dragomir Acović, 17 May 2002

Željko Heimer, 24 May 2002

Coat of arms of Mladenovac

[coat of arms of Mladenac]

Coat of arms of Mladenovac - Image by Dragomir Acović, 17 May 2002

The arms of Mladenovac were granted on 15 May 2002. The two golden pitchers stand for the two mineral spas the city has. The name Mladenovac can be derived from the root mlad - "young, youthful", whereas mladica means a budding plant, as symbolized by the oak trefoil. The oak is further a symbol for the Holy Trinity, which is the city's patronal feast. The other name for the same feast is Holy Spirit's Day - thus the white dove resting upon the mural crown. The silver bar across the shield depicts the brook Lug.
The town is young and growing (established 1883). It grew fast out of the rapidly developing heavy industry, thus the golden offshoot of oak rises from the anvil. In the early XVth century, Despot Stefan Lazarević, ruler of Serbia, died in the forests of the Kosmaj mountain after an accident while hunting. The supporters, the compartment and the spilled arrows vividly tell this tale. The horse is equipped as described in contemporary writing by famous Byzantine historiographer pseudo-Corinus Couropalatas. The supporters fly two banners: on the right the standard of the city of Belgrade, and on the left the one of the township of Mladenovac.

Source: International Civic Heraldry website

Ivan Sarajčić, 28 November 2002