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By Royal Resolution of 6 May 2002 the municipality was granted a Coat of Arms.
Or three fesses noir bordered argent with five medlar flowers gules, budded or. Surmonté a crown or of three leaves and two pearls.
The arms belonged to the extinct family Van Mirlaer (van Meerlo) with some additions. Jacob van Mirlaer was in 1345 Lord of Horst, and as far is known the first "Heer van Horst". The silver border symbolizes the Maas river, which flows as a silver ribbon along the eastern border of the municipality. The medlar flowers symbolize the historical connection with the former Duchy of Gelre, while the number of five refer to the five "schepenbanken" (courts of aldermen) within the present municipality: Broekhuizen, Ooyen, Lottum, Grubbenvorst and Horst.
The heraldic drawings of Coat of Arms and flag have been made by Piet Bultsma, after a design by René Vroomen.
Souce: the Horst aan de Maas website.
Jarig Bakker, 31 May 2003
On 1 Jan 2001 Grubbenvorst, Broekhuizen
and Horst merged to form the new municipality of Horst aan
Horst is in north Limburg between Venlo and Nijmegen, with one of the world's best kept secrets: here lies America! Well, that is one of the villages in that municipality, an old peat-diggery. It forms part of the former marshy region of 'De Peel', which is now transformed in a major agricultural region. Some heather-fields have remained there.
Before the flag was officially adopted it was used at special occasions. It was derived from the municipal Coat of Arms, which was derived from 14th century family-Coats of Arms.
Jarig Bakker, 3 December 1999
Flagdescription: seven equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and
This flag was not officially adopted, but was used for appropriate occasions. The image is the same as the municipal arms.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]