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The City Clerk confirms the City of Valley has no flag.
submitted by Ron Lahav, 28 March 2004
The seal carries the name of our city "Valley Alabama" on the outside ring. It also is labeled with the date the city was legally incorporated - May 20, 1980. We incorporated four textile mill villages - Fairfax, Langdale, River View and Shawmut - into the city of Valley. This was done by petitioning the people and then voting. The results were about 80% for and 20% against. The tally was certified by the Chambers County Probate Judge. The seal carries the names of the four mill villages on the inner circle shaped as a ribbon.Ron Lahav, 28 March 2004
On the interior are three sections. The section with the factory and a spinning wheel represents the textile industry which created the four towns for the workers who worked in the four mills that were at the center of each town. By the way, Langdale Mill was named for a Mr. Lang from England who was the mill's first superintendent. The Langdale and River View mills were constructed in 1867, just after the American Civil war. They remained prominent until the 1990's when a hostile stock takeover and foreign competition (mainly China and the Middle East) doomed the industry. Only a few hundred are employed in the mills, and three of the four are closed.
The section with a church, a house, and the sun represents our close knit family and religious community life. Our people are predominantly Protestant with most belonging to the Southern Baptist denomination. There are a few Catholics and a few Jewish believers.
The last section shows geese, an Alabama map with a star that marks the approximate location of Valley, and a jumping fish. These symbols represent the rich wildlife and natural features relating to the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee forms the border between Alabama and Georgia. It also is the eastern border of Valley.
So, the three sections represent those factors most important to our citizens - industry, community and nature.
Mayor, City of Valley