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image located by Valentin Poposki, 15 November, 2008
The flag of the Town of Westport, Connecticut, was shown on the municipal website: www.westportct.gov/government/about/westportflag.htm, but it is defunct now, and I wasn't able to save the image in that time. However, I used Google cache to find a small image and text of the flag story.
"Local designer Miggs Burroughs was asked to design the Westport town flag as part of Westport's 150th birthday celebration in 1985. Comedian Rodney Dangerfield had just moved into town and told First Selectman Bill Seiden that he would like to do something for the town. Seiden told Dangerfield about plans for a new flag and asked if he would fund the production of a few dozen 4' x 6' flags for municipal buildings and for private businesses that might want it. Miggs donated his services and the flags were fabricated. Miggs based his design concept on the river, which is central to Westport's character and its history. Farmers wanted a parish to call their own and formed Westport from the western piece of Fairfield's parish on the east side of the river, and the eastern piece of Norwalk's parish, on the west side of the river. Miggs has stated: "The minuteman has become the symbol for Westport's independent spirit and will forever stand watch over our community. Blue is for the river that flows though the town and its history. Green is for the fertile land on which the town was founded, and the golden sky is symbolic of the wealth of community spirit and natural resources which makes Westport such a special place."
Valentin Poposki, 15 November 2008