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image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 7 February 2002
Flag new way to promote the city
By DAVID JESSE
Staff writer, The Holland Sentinel
Under bright blue skies, the city of Holland used a picnic honoring volunteers to unveil a new city flag. "This is a brand-new thing," Joyce Barkel, the city's director of volunteer services, said on Friday evening at the picnic. "We've never had one." The idea to create a flag came from students' requests to have something to take with them to events and conferences, Barkel said. "When students go to events and conferences, other students are exchanging them and (Holland) students didn't have them," Barkel said. "We are always giving away community promotional gifts." So, Barkel and Phil Meyer, the city's planning/development director, put together the design. The white flag uses blue lettering for the city's name, the city seal and a saying, "A lakefront community prospering through diversity."
"We wanted something to reflect the community," Barkel said, adding the phrase "through diversity" was added to reflect the city's diverse population. "It certainly fills a void," Holland Mayor Al McGeehan said, adding the flag isn't an official city flag, but rather something to be used to promote Holland. The Mayor's office also has had several inquiries about some sort of city flag to be used for promoting Holland at events, McGeehan said. While all of the flags at Friday's event were small individual flags, plans are under way to create larger ones, possibly including one to fly at city hall, Barkel said.
Phil Nelson, 8 April 2002