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Koarnwertersân (The Netherlands)

Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Koarnwertersân village flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 19 Apr 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma

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Koarnwertersân village

Koarnwertersân (Dutch: Korwerderzand) is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality in the province of Fryslân, the only village on the Afsluitdijk.
Flag: yellow, a narrow horizontal black stripe in the center; at the hoist the narrowed municipal flag.
At the site of Koarnwertersân the Ofslútdyk has been fortified; the black stripe in sandy soil is a barrier against fierce waves, and against overpowering enemies (during the German invasion of May 1940 it was not taken by the Germans).
adopted 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma
Arms: or a fess noir with in chief two erased gulls' heads in summerpride and in base a grenade noir burning gules.
The fess again symbolizes the Ofslútdyk; the golden field the sandbar on which the village has been built. Gulls (Larus Ridibundus) were the first inhabitants and they are still very present. The burning grenade reminds of the fierce fighting in May 1940 and Spring 1945.

Source: It Beaken, jrg. xxxi, # 3-4, Dec 1969
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958
Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005

More accurately, "Larus ridibundus", the black-headed gull, known in French as "mouette rieuse" (laughing gull).
The "mouette rieuse" and the "chat dingue" (crazy cat) are Gaston Lagaffe's prefered pets and assistants in his endless fight against work and establishment. The "mouette rieuse" is particularly efficient in dropping heavy stuff on the head of the policeman booking Gaston and preventing Mr. De Mesmaeker from signing the famous contracts.
Ivan Sache, 14 Apr 2005


Koarnwertersân Coat of Arms

[Koarnwertersân Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005