Virginia Beach, Virginia, City Flag

Dec 16th, 2017


Virginia Beach is a resort city located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and borders the Atlantic Ocean. It is located in the southeast of Virginia. Virginia Beach was incorporated as a town in 1906, and as a city in 1952.


The city of Virginia Beach adopted an official flag in 1965. The initiate for developing a city flag was initiated in 1963 when the city council established a committee for that purpose. The flag was designed by the committee members Richard B. Kellam, Laura Lambe, and A.R. Mailhes. The flag has a light blue field and features an image of the city seal in the center.


The meanings assigned to the seal design include the following:


*     Cross: The first landing of settlers at Virginia Beach’s Cape Henry in 1607

*     Lighthouse: Cape Henry Lighthouse

*     Marlins: water activities including fishing and boating

*     Strawberry Leaves: Agriculture and its importance to the city

*     Water, beach, and sunshine: The pleasure of nature in the area and the importance of tourism


The symbolizations contained in the seal represent the beginnings of the United States and of Virginia Beach. The Cape Henry Lighthouse is meant to signal a safe haven for travelers on the water.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Virginia Beach’s flag ranked 125th out of 150 flags. Almost all flags that contain a solid field and a city seal or coat of arms ranked quite low in the survey. The flag does not follow the Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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