Last modified: 2005-04-23 by jarig bakker
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adopted 25 Jun 1991.
Granted 17 Jul 1991.
Nieuweschans old municipal flag, adopted 19 Dec 1972 by municipal resolution;
design: Stichting Heraldiek en Banistiek.
Description: horizontal stripes red - white - blue - yellow - blue - white - red (1:1:4:1:4:1:1) with at 1/3 flaglength in saltire a yellow halbard and a yellow pike of 7/13 flagheight; the parts on the yellow stripe colored red.
The colors are derived from the municipal arms and the whole image illustrates symbolically the character of the municipality - in red-white-blue one sees "The Netherlands"; the yellow stripe represents the east-west, and west-east traffic across the German border, formerly defended by heavy armaments, at present by crossed barriers with a red warning sign.
Source: Vexilla Nostra, 8 (1973): 52.
Nieuweschans was bought in 1628 from the Count of Oost-Friesland (now in Germany); a fortress was built here, and to symbolize that a cannon has been placed on the arms of Nieuweschans, and a spear and habard in saltire on the flag.
On 1 Jan 1992 Nieuweschans became part of Reiderland.
Jarig Bakker, 7 Apr 2005