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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 19 January 2010
Valkininkai (Varena District) - on a white field with
green stripes on top and bottom edges the arms of
Valkininkai: on a red field a sinister faced charging silver
armed golden lion, the arms decorated with laurel branches. Flag
proportions 5:8, fringe is silver, finial is a silver tip with an
openwork laurel spray. The arms granted in 1792 should symbolize
power, wisdom, pride and dignity. The sinister faced position of
the lion is most likely the consequence of a clerk's heraldic
illiteracy: that was very usual for state chancellery of 1790ies.
Anyway, the arms became historic, and it was decided in modern
times not to "correct" it.
Virginijus Misiunas, 19 January 2010