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National City, California (U.S.)

San Diego County

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[flag of City of National City, California] image by Rick Wyatt, 24 July 2019

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Description of the flag

National City, in San Diego County, has a flag with the city logo on a white field, with a green ground at the bottom:*675/national+city+council.JPG
Dave Fowler, 24 July 2019

The logo

[City seal] image located by Dave Fowler, 24 July 2019

Dave Fowler, 24 July 2019

1967 flag

[former flag of City of National City, California] image located by Daniel Rentería, 5 December 2023
image from 20 November 1967 issue of National City Star-News

According to the National City Star-News issue of 20 July 1967, the first flag of National City was adopted after a contest held by the Chamber of Commerce. 17 entries were received in this contest, and the winning flag was recommended to the city council, who approved of it and purchased a copy for its chambers. The date it became official is not known, but it is certain it is anywhere from July 16–20, 1967. The designer was Mrs. George Waters, who was the wife of a city planning commissioner. The idea of a contest began with the city advertising committee of the Chamber of Commerce, which formed a committee headed by Charles Terrell.

The flag bears 5 white stars, representing the mayor and four city councilmen in the upper left, the governing body of the city. Centered inside of it was the city seal. An orchid, which had been recently adopted as the city's official flower (although likely not recognized today) is in the lower right corner. It is said this orchid was adopted as an official city symbol because of the large commercial orchid industry during that time within city limits. It is divided diagonally, using orchid purple for the city flower, and white. Waters did confirm the official city flower gave her inspiration for choosing orchid purple to go on the flag, white simply because it looked nice with purple.

Daniel Rentería, 5 December 2023