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Roerdalen (The Netherlands)

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Roerdalen municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 1 Jan 1991 design: Stichting voor Banistiek en Heraldiek

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Roerdalen municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 10.507; area: 44,36 km². Settlements: Herkenbosch (seat), Melick, Vlodrop.
The municipality of Roerdalen was formed on 1 Jan 1991, after the merger of the former municipalities of Melick en Herkenbosch, and Vlodrop. Until 1 Jan 1993 the new municipality was named Melick en Herkenbosch.
The new flag, adopted 1 Jan 1991, in the colors red, white, and blue, symbolizes the unification of the two former municipalities by the Roer-river. The same river played a major rôle in the flags of the former municipalities of Vlodrop and Melick en Herkenbosch.
Design of flag and Coat of Arms: Stichting voor Banistiek en Heraldiek.

Roerdalen Coat of Arms

[Roerdalen Coat of Arms] from the Roerdalen municipal site.

Granted 21 Aug 1991; the left part with the double-tailed lion is from Melick en Herkenbosch; the right part from Vlodrop.

Melick en Herkenbosch [former municipality]

[Melick en Herkenbosch flag] by Jarig Bakker, 3 Nov 2003
adopted ?

The former municipality of Melick and Herkenbosch counted 5.000 inhabitants, along the German border, consisting of the settlements Melick (seat), Herkenbosch, and Meinweg. In Melick is the farm Schöndeln, formerly the castle of the Counts of Gulik. The municipality used to be part of that county; in 1816 it was assigned to the Netherlands.
Flag: wavy vertically divided of red and white, with in the center two arrows in the form of a St. Andrew's cross, countercharged.
Date of adoption unknown.
The waves refer to the Roer river, which separates Melick en Herkenbosch from Vlodrop.
Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentewapens en vlaggen Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Nov 2003

Vlodrop former municipality

[Vlodrop flag] by Jarig Bakker, 3 Nov 2003
adopted 17 Mar 1983.

The former municipality of Vlodrop counted 2.250 inhabitants along the Roer river and the German border. Settlements: Vlodrop (seat), Etsberg, Rothenbach, Tusschen de Bruggen, and Vlodrop-Station. On its territory was the unfinished Statemine Beatrix.
Flag: diagonally divided of yellow and blue, with on the diagonal a red stripe of 1/5 flagheight, on which a wavy white stripe of 1/20 flagheight and at least four waves.
Adopted 17 Mar 1983 by municipal resolution.
The wave represents the Roer river, which separated Vlodrop from Melick and Herkenbosch.
Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentewapens en vlaggen Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Nov 2003