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Arbon commune (Thurgau canton, Switzerland)

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[Flag of Arbon] image by Pascal Gross

In white on a green mountain a red tree with crossed main branches and four leaves; then in a green nest two young and standing an old bird, a fourth falls; all grey (here depicted in black, see picture from the townhall). In the white base are two blue fish swimming to the left.
The canting flag/coat of arms represents the "happy tree" (Latin: Arbor Felix, from the Roman settlement with this name) on the shore of Lake Constance. The Arbon coat of arms was first documented in the 14th century and has been supplemented over the centuries with fish. There has been much speculation about the number of fish and the falling young bird, but the significance of these elements has not been conclusively clarified. The tree could be a linden tree, the birds could be hawks.

Arbon (c. 1959 – 2001)

[Flag of Arbon old] image by Pascal Gross

At a time in between, a simpler version of the flag/coat of arms was in use (since late 1950s), which was published in 1960 in the book "Die Gemeindewappen des Kantons Thurgau", until the old version was reactivated by the city council in 2001.


[Flag of Frasnacht] image by Pascal Gross

In red a white ash leaf.
The name Frasnacht goes back to the time when the Romansh language was predominant in the region. It comes from the Latin fraxinetum (ash wood), which makes the emblem canting.
The colours refer to the bishop of Constance.

Since 1998 Frasnacht has been part of Arbon commune.