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Municipality of Kerken (Germany)

Gemeinde Kerken, Kreis Kleve, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Kerken flag] 3:5  image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Jul 2011
approved 16 November 1971 See also:

Introduction

According to source the municipality was established on 1 July 1969, when the former subcounties (German: /Ämter/) of Aldekerk (incl. Stenden) and Nieukerk (incl. Eyll) had been united. Both names sound really Dutch, meaning "old church", "new church" and "churches".

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a white - red vertical bicolour, the coat of arms is shifted to the hoist.
Source: 2 of Hauptsatzung of the municipality of Kerken, version 15 November 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Jul 2011

Banner

[Kerken banner] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Jul 2011

Description of banner:
It is a white - red vertical bicolour, the coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: Source: 2 of Hauptsatzung of the municipality of Kerken, version 15 November 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Jul 2011

Coat of arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per pale. On the dexter side in a red field is a silver (=white) church, below the church is a medlar blossom of the same colour. On the sinister side in a silver (= white) field is a red church, below the church is a medlar blossom of the same colour.
Meaning:
According to source the towers are those of the parish churches of Nieukerk and Aldekerk, their colours are also alluding to the colours of the stones of both buildings. The medlar blossoms are symbolizing the former municipalities of Eyll and Stenden and they are also symbolizing the dukes of Geldern.
Source: Stadler 1972, p.58
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Jul 2011

Flag, banner and coat of arms were approved by Regierungspräsident Düsseldorf on 16 November 1971.


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