by Robert Lloyd Wheelock
Augusta (ME) is celebrating its bicentennial (200th city birthday) this year; it had its City Charter granted in 1797. Earlier this year, this redesign proposal popped into my mind, which would symbolize the city much better & more distinctly than the current flag; it's been drafted according to proper rules for efficient heraldic/vexillological design.
This newly-redrafted version is designed similarly to some nations' national flags (those for: Tanzania, Namibia, Solomon Islands); a field in 2:3 proportions being diagonally-divided (top-right to bottom-left) by a broad diagonal stripe oriented in that same direction.
The top-left triangle is bright green (environment), having a white-edged silvery-gray State House dome motif thereon; the date 1832 (the year when Augusta became state capital, whence the State House was opened) is in white digits underneath the dome motif.
The lower-right triangle is red (community involvement), having a white-edged silvery-gray motif of the northeast blockhouse (which symbolizes Fort Western) thereon; Fort Western was built in 1754 as a fort, and later was S. & W. Howard's general store. Below the blockhouse motif is the date 1754, shown in white digits.
The diagonal stripe that runs from the top-right to bottom-left corners is azure blue (4 units wide, Kennebec River); 2 white narrow fimbriations line its sides (½ unit each, communities on its banks, lined with industry, commerce, & tourism).
Comments and suggestions are always appreciated. Address: Robert Lloyd Wheelock, 63 Wilson St., Augusta, ME 04330-9473. Telephone: 1 (207) 623-5176. E-mail: email@example.com.
[NOTE: This article has some information from brochures from Jay Adams, Curator, Fort Western Museum, and Joe Mayo, Clerk, Maine State House Of Representatives.]
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