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Flag of Horbourg-Wihr - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 17 March 2004
The municipality of Horbourg-Wihr (4,998 inhabitants in 2008; 942 ha) is located a few kilometers east of Colmar, the capital of Upper (Southern) Alsace.
The municipality is made of the two villages of Horbourg and Wihr-en-Plaine. The main monument of the municipality is the St. Michael church in Wihr, with a spire from the 12th century and frescos from the 16th century.
Ivan Sache, 17 March 2004
The flag of Horbourg-Wihr was presented in the regional newspaper L'Alsace on 6 novembre 2003 (Horbourg-Wihr. La commune sous sa bannière, by Anne-Marie Strubel), with a colour model of the flag.
The flag of Horbourg-Wihr is divided white-blue by a descending diagonal, the white field being charged with a red ascending diagonal stripe surmounted by a black star faceted white and the blue field being charged with a white tower.
The flag was officially hoisted in front of the town hall for the first time on 20 December 2003.
The Communauté d'agglomération (Intermunicipal Authority) of Colmar required each of its member municipalities (Colmar, Houssen, Ingersheim, Sainte-Croix-en-Plaine, Turckheim, Wettolsheim and Wintzenheim) to present its municipal flag for the inaugural meeting of the authority, held on 17 November 2003.
Mayor Robert Blats and Deputy Mayor Denise Riesch, in charge of culture, tourism and heritage, decided to design the municipal flag. Ms. Riesch explained in a letter how she drafted the flag, which is based on the municipal arms of the two villages constituting the municipality. The arms of Horbourg are white with a red stripe and a black faceted star in canton, whereas the arms of Wihr shows a white tower on a blue field. Ms. Riesch used as template a rectangular flag diagonally divided, with the left part of the flag representing Horbourg and the right part representing Wihr. In order to have a more dynamic design, she transformed the horizontal stripe of the arms of Horbourg into an ascending diagonal and used a descending diagonal to separate the two fields of the flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 17 March 2004
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