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The flag was first hoisted on 12 June 2009 on occasion of the 24th Peace Congress, which took place in leer (Ostfriesland) by members of the Interfrisian Council, a special interest group all Frisian local councils.. In the centre of the Europe-blue flag is a disc, of if you prefer a cockade, displaying a yellow-red-blue tricolour in its upper third, a white field charged with seven red hearts in its lower left third, finally a black-red-blue tricolour in its lower right third. The three segments are representing Northern Frisia (Nordfriesland) above, Western Frisia (Westfriesland) beneath left and Eastern Frisia (Ostfriesland) beneath right.
The Frisians were the first, who were pleading for the spirit of a united Europe in the Frisian Manifesto on 28 August 1955. The three parts within the cockade are ordered by their geographical position, above the North, beneath left the West and beneath right the East. The circle (cockade) is symbolising the closeness of all Frisians. The three parts are stressing the differences of the Frisian parts. A circle is also a symbol of unity and infinity.
Meanings of three sections are:
North: golden like the sky, red like the sun, blue like the sea
West: the red heart leaves (Pompeblätter/ Pompebladen) together with seven blue bends wavy are a representation of the seven sealands on the West Frisian flag.
East: black is representing the Cirksena clan, red the Tom Brook clan and blue the Harlingerland
Source: DGF-Info No. 38 and "Hamburger Abendblatt" (newspaper) edition 13/14 June 2009
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Jan 2021
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