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Municipality of Westerkappeln (Germany)

Gemeinde Westerkappeln, Kreis Steinfurt, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Westerkappeln square flag] 1:1  image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2010
approved 21 October 1958 See also:

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The ratio is 1:1. It is an armorial flag.
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.547
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2010


[Westerkappeln banner] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2010

Description of banner:
It is a red - white - red vertical triband with ratio 1:3:1. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.547
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2010

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a red field is the image of a woman, dressed in a silver (=white) robe, holding a golden(=yellow) branch of a palm tree in her right hand, while leaning her left hand against a golden (=yellow) anchor.
According to source the woman is aid to be Sta. Reinhildis, a local saint. Others say, the woman, sometimes depicted with three ears of grain in her right hand, would be Sta.Katharine , the patron saint of the local parish church. The existence of her image was proven first on the sheet of a flag of the city, at that time named city of Kappeln, from 1796. The anchor is representing the former Upper County of Lingen. The colours had been changes in 1958. They were probably based upon the colours of the counts of Tecklenburg, the former rulers.
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.243
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Jul 2010

Flag, banner and coat of arms were approved by minister of interior of Northrhine-Westphalia on 21 October 1958.
Note that the flag is not mentioned in 2(1) of the local Hauptsatzung, version 2 July 1996.

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