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Chesapeake, Virginia (U.S.)

Last modified: 2006-07-29 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Chesapeake, Virginia] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 5 October 2005

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Description of the flag

A burgundy red flag, with the county seal in the center, and 6 small gold stars around it.

From the city webpage at

"The City of Chesapeake is located in the region called Hampton Roads, the 27th largest metro area in the country with over 1.5 million residents. Chesapeake is also located adjacent to the world's largest natural harbor and the world's largest naval base. Part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which stretches from Maine to Florida, passes through Chesapeake. Chesapeake is the second largest city in land area in Virginia (353 square miles) and 13th largest city in the U.S. Our estimated population as of January 1997 is 190,469.

The City of Chesapeake was created with the merger of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk in 1963. The city's history dates back much further. Chesapeake is the site of the battle of Great Bridge which took place on December 9, 1775, just a few hundred yards from where City Hall stands today.

Chesapeake is also the site of the Great Dismal Swamp and the South Norfolk Historic District. Chesapeake is one of the fastest growing cities in Virginia, with a population increase of 20.8% since 1990."

The City telephone book on the last page states that the city has two distinct graphic symbols: the city seal and the city logo. This might imply the flag here is unofficial. I note, however, that when the seal is used it is supposed to be used in the colour burgundy (PMS 208) - the burgundy field of this flag appears in keeping with the colour scheme.

Chris Kretowicz, 14 September 2002