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located by Ned Smith, 21 August 2005
The flag of the city can be seen at www.troyny.gov/city_council.html which shows a large version hung on a wall. The flag is a vertical triband of red/white/red and has TROY, N.Y. and
an emblem on the white stripe. The emblem looks like a seal, and has an Uncle Sam top hat on it. It may be the current seal of the city, but I cannot confirm that or find an image of the seal.
Ned Smith, 21 August 2005
Troy is the 'birthplace' of the "Uncle Sam" character. During the U.S. Civil War, a meatpacker in Troy shipped meat to the Union army, and the crates were stamped US for, of course, United States. The soldiers started to say that the
meat came from 'our Uncle Sam.' And as they say, "the rest is history."
Terence Martin, 4 January 2006
See www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_003.html for more details on the history.
Al Kirsch, 4 January 2006
image located by Paul Bassinson, 1 April 2017
After looking at a video on what appears to be an official (or semi-official) YouTube channel of the city of Troy, New York, I have seen a flag substantially different than the flag posted above. Below is a link to the flag, likely shown at Troy’s city hall, which shows a vertical tricolor flag with a red stripe, a white stripe, and another red stripe going from left to right with the city’s coat of arms in the middle: www.youtube.com.
Paul Bassinson, 1 April 2017
I lived in Troy in the mid-1990s, and never saw anything but the flag with the Uncle Sam hat being used. I have never seen (and cannot find on the Internet) any evidence of a Troy coat of arms.
Dave Fowler, 2 April 2017