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Virginia Beach, Virginia (U.S.)

Independent City

Last modified: 2017-12-22 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of the Virginia Beach, Virginia] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 June 2008

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Description of the flag

The NAVA image at and shown in the American Flag Survey (2004) and American City Flags (Purcell, 2003) shows a ~2:3 light blue flag with the city seal centered on it (approx. diam. 14/27ths of the flag height). The seal shows a lighthouse on a seaside landscape background with a cross on the horizon. The edge of the seal is limited by ~40 leaping marlins and a white border is separated from the central image by a wreath of strawberry leaves and reads "City•of•Virginia•Beach•Virginia", from 3:30 to 8:30 o'clock, and, separated by small stars, "Landmarks of our Nation's beginning", in smaller type; both set in black serif capitals.

See official page about it at and another image of the seal at

António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 June 2008

I came across a photograph of a color guard carrying the Virginia Beach city flag in a parade. The photograph is from, I believe, 2012. Contrary to our current information, the city seal appears to take up almost the entire height of the flag, and not the 14/27 height mentioned previously. I don't know if this is an actual legal change to the depiction of the flag or simply a manufacturer's artistic license. The photograph can be found at
Randy Young, 9 June 2014

Police Department

[Flag of Virginia Beach Police Department] image by Randy Young, 25 September 2014

The flag of the Virginia Beach Police Department features the department's shoulder patch centered on a blue field. Above the patch in yellow sans serif letters are the words "DEPARTMENT OF POLICE," while the words "TO PROTECT AND SERVE" appear below the patch in similar lettering.

Randy Young, 18 September 2014

Volunteer Rescue Squad

[Flag of Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad] image by Randy Young, 19 August 2016

The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad is the primary emergency medical service for the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. An all-volunteer service, it was established in 1952 and continues to provide services 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The flag of the Rescue Squad can be seen in photographs online at the VBVRS Honor Guard website. The flag features the Rescue Squad logo in green and white centered on a white field. The logo itself shows a green cross within a white circle. A white ring, fimbriated green, circles the cross, and bears the words "VIRGINIA BEACH" and "RESCUE SQUAD" in green capital letters. The word "VOLUNTEER" appears in smaller green letters on a a white tab, fimbriated green, arched below the ring. Across the bottom of the flag below the logo are is the inscription "EST. 1952" in small, green, capital letters.

Randy Young

Randy Young, 19 August 2016