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As the parish seat, Vidalia, Louisiana, was named after Don Jose Vidal, a Spanish explorer. Situated on the eastern border with Mississippi and along the Mississippi River, the flag of Vidalia, Louisiana, has meanings on many levels. The colors represent colors found in the different nations that have ruled the area - France, Spain, Louisiana, the Confederate States, and the United States. The colors also represent wealth of the area (golden yellow), the blood of the citizens who constitute the city (red), and civic pride (blue).
The overall layout can be viewed as a semi-picturesque scene of the area at dusk. It depicts the yellow sky with the red land and the Mississippi River, represented in blue. The red area has been contorted into a 'V' shape for "Vidalia.'
When vertically hung, the blue should be to the viewers right. In this way, the flag becomes a virtual map with the city (yellow) to the west, the river (blue) to the east, and the levee which protects the city (red) in between.
The flag had somewhat of an unique adoption history. Following a negative inquiry into whether the city had a flag, Paige Herring, a former resident, discussed the idea and concepts with many who still lived there. He then prepared a design and sewed a flag which he presented to then Mayor Hiram Copeland remarking that this was a proposal since the city had no flag. The Mayor and Council readily accepted and adopted the flag."
Calvin Paige Herring, 26 May 1998