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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (U.S.)

Adams County

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[Gettysburg, Pennsylvania]

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Description of the flag

From the Gettysburg Times (

It's official: Gettysburg has a flag. During Monday night's meeting, borough council voted 7-1 to approve the design after hearing positive comments from the members of the public in attendance. Many people, including a few council members, were sporting buttons featuring the flag design. Council president Ted Streeter moved the flag issue to the top of the agenda, reminding the public that the council meeting is not a venue for debate, which is held in committee meetings. Seven people rose to speak, each speaking in favor of the flag.

The flag's designer is reported in another paper as Bob McIlhenny of Straban Township. According to my sources, the three stars represent the days in the battle of Gettysburg, the intersecting white lines represent roads converging on the borough. Source "The Evening Sun"

Phil Nelson, 11 March 2003

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On March 10, 2003 the Borough Council of Gettysburg voted to adopt an official town flag. The design is a simplified rendering of the graphic identity currently used by the Borough of Gettysburg. The dominant element of the flag design is a stylized representation of Lincoln Square, Gettysburg's "historic crossroads." The three stars represent the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and the three wards into which the Borough is divided. Federal colors of red, white and blue denote Gettysburg's significance in United States history. The blue field with gold stars denotes the Pennsylvania state colors.

The vote to adopt this flag happened, by chance, to occur exactly on the 197th anniversary of the ordination of the Borough of Gettsyburg, when it became a municipality independent from Cumberland Township in Adams County. The citizens of Gettysburg are pleased that the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg has designated this flag as its "house flag," which is flown by the ship on special occasions and into battle. The community sent the flag as an expression of its respect and support for the men and women who serve aboard the USS Gettysburg.
Valentin Poposki, 2 February 2006


[municipal seal] image located by Paul Haines, 6 January 2021