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[Flag of Montpelier, Vermont] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 March 2008



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Description of the flag

From Seven Days:
Vermont's Capital City Gets a New Flag, Because Why Not?

This evening, Montpelier City Councilor Anne Watson and City Clerk John Odum unveiled the state capital's new flag during the annual July 3rd celebrations.
The minimalist winning design, by East Montpelier native Chet Larrow, features rolling green hills topped by a navy-blue sky. Centered in the blue field is a circle of 14 golden stars. Larrow is an industrial designer for Key Technologies in Baltimore, Md.
In a press release issued earlier today, Larrow is quoted as saying his entry "emphasizes Montpelier's representation of the 14 counties as well as [Vermont] being the 14th state to join the union. The gold stars are displayed in a circle to subtly represent the iconic round dome that both visitors and locals come to associate the city with."
Larrow's design was one of three finalists, chosen from about 60 submissions, said Odum.
The new flag is a replacement for a hasty design implemented in 2001 to satisfy a request for a city flag to be used in California's Rose Parade. Up until that point, Montpelier didn't have one.
The banner will be formally adopted on Wednesday, July 12, at the next city council meeting, then will be raised in front of city hall to proudly wave.
VexiNews, 9 July 2017
 

Former flag

[Flag of Montpelier, Vermont] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 March 2008

The flag was located in the Council Chamber. It shows a landscape scene, with the name and date of charter above on a white field.
Dave Martucci, 7 May 2002

The NAVA image at www.nava.org/ and shown in the American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003)  is a ~2:3 white flag with a drawn landscape and lettering in a rectangle delimited by a thin black line, leaving a white bordure overall. The said landscape shows a hill and river fork scene, the tributary's left bank being medium green and the rest dark green, contrasting with the light blue river; dotted along the farthest banks of the main river small outlines of local architectonical landmarks and some token non-descript housing. Above, "Montpelier" set in Caslon Open Face capitals, black with golden yellow cutouts, the "M" much larger, and below it, much smaller and plain b/w "Chartered in 1781" underscored with a golden yellow over black stroke.

At www.montpelier-vt.org/docs/archive/document.cfm?doc=152, the single occurrence of "city flag" at the official website:
8:05 P.M. 03-260. Consideration of a request from the City Hall Plaza War Memorial Committee for a recognition plaque to be placed in the foyer of City Hall. (Time: 15 Min.) V.A.
* The City Hall Plaza War Memorial Committee is seeking permission to erect a plaque in City Hall which would recognize not only the donors for the City Hall Plaza Project, but also the names of those who contributed to the War Memorial.
* The "joint" plaque would be placed on the wall to the left of the entrance to the City Manager's/Assessor's Office with a U.S. flag displayed on one side and a City flag on the other.
Recommendation: Discussion; direction to Committee.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 March 2008

In reading about in John Purcell's "American City Flags" (Purcell, 2003), pp. 226-228, I found: "In late autumn of 2000 while working on establishing welcome signs for the city of Montpelier, the city received a request for a Montpelier city flag that could be flown at the 2001 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. Since the city had never had flag, either official or unofficial, it was suggested the design for the new welcome signs be incorporated into a flag." Additionally, Purcell reports that Linda Mirabile of Mirabile Designs of Montpelier designed the signs and flag.
Ned Smith, 23 March 2008