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Hempstead, New York (U.S.)

Nassau County

Last modified: 2006-07-22 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Hempstead, New York] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 November 2005

based on an image located at by Valentin Poposki, 8 October 2005

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It is a dark yellow flag with a seal-like emblem centered on it; this is shown in white with blue lining and consists of a double-rimmed ring with the inscription "Town of Hempstead, N.Y." from "7 to 5 o'clock" in large serif capitals and "founded 1644" in small sans-serif capitals on the remaining space; on the central area of the shield, the national coat of arms of the United States (isn't this a misuse?) with a squarish scroll reading "Nassau County" as its crest.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 November 2005

A news story at confirms that the Town of Hempstead flag is yellow:

"Lofaro added, 'You know as I walked into the hall tonight I noticed all the flags in the front here and how they related to all that Trustee Barbieri and has done for us. The green flag is from Town of North Hempstead and Donald got $250,000 from them; the orange flag is the County of Nassau and he got $100,000 and secured nearly a million dollars in block grants from them; the United States flag at the end represents the federal government and Donald received $2 million from them. The yellow flag is the flag of the Town of Hempstead and Donald, you have four more years to work on them."
The Village of Hempstead is within the Town of Hempstead (see below).
Ned Smith, 9 October 2005

Village of Floral Park

[Flag of the Village of Floral Park, New York] image located by Valentin Poposki, 11 November 2005


The Village of Floral Park in New York has a population of 15,967 and a land area of 1.37 sq. miles. It is part of the Town of Hempstead and the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County. The flag is dark blue with a seal showing three flowers. Above is written the name of the village, and below are three stylized flowers and the date 1908.
Valentin Poposki, 11 November 2005

Village of Hempstead

[Flag of the Village of Hempstead, New York] image located by Ned Smith, 27 February 2005


I found the above image of the flag of the Village of Hempstead while browsing the web. It is a light blue field with the village seal in the middle. How it came to be in Nelson Mandela's hands I cannot say for sure- I cannot find any accompanying text to go with it. But it was part of a website of an HIV activist who separately mentions visiting Hempstead and meeting the mayor and visiting with Mandela, so there is probably some sort of logical explanation. The flag has a field of light blue and bears a light blue & white rendition of the village seal in the center. A differently colored version of the seal can be seen at
Note that the Village of Hempstead is not to be confused with the Town of Hempstead nor the Town of North Hempstead, both in Nassau County, NY. The village is a subunit within the Town of Hempstead (it is quite common- and a bit confusing- in New York State for a village to share an identical name with the larger town within which it lies.)
Ned Smith, 27 February 2005

Hofstra University

[Flag of the Village of Hempstead, New York] located by Valentin Poposki, 17 February 2006


The flag of Hofstra University in the State of New York and gonfalons of University's Colleges and Schools are presented here: According to the site: "The Hofstra flag, bearing the seal of the University, was presented to Hofstra on April 19, 1940, by Dr. Alexander Loudon, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, in the name of Her Majesty, Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands. The seal is derived from the coat of arms of the House of Orange-Nassau."
Beside that, each of gonfalons is clickable and opens in new window with bigger picture, description and explanation.
Valentin Poposki, 17 February 2006

It is important to note that while this is the official flag for formal occasions Hofstra does make use of a completely different flag for everyday purposes. However, what the university markets to the public as the Hofstra flag, both as an actual flag and plastered over all sorts of products, is entirely different. It is an orange-white-blue vertical tricolor with the name HOFSTRA in blue bold letters on the white stripe. The flag is ubiquitous on campus whereas the "official" one is seen only on rare occasions. A photo of the flag is on another official University webpage- with a popup caption "Hofstra flag in Venice..."
Ned Smith, 17 February 2006