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Last week I received confirmation of the municipality of Alkemade, that
the flag of 1976 is still the official flag. The information on the municipal
website is not completely correct. The municipality uses also an alternative
logo-flag, sometimes next to, but also instead of the the official flag.
I have corrected the flag-image basedc on a vector-drawing by Leen Limberg
(of Shipmate) after a photo.
Gerard van der Vaart, 4 Feb 2004
On 1 Jan 2002 a new flag was adopted with the municipal logo.
Information from the municipal website.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2003
I’m not gonna like this at all. Call it entering the 21st century if
you like, but as far as I’m concerned it’s taking a giant leap into the
dark ages. That’s not to say that Alkemade’s old flag was perfect. Judging
by that image, it wasn’t all that hot. But it had its origin in something
that made a statement. That logo doesn’t tell me anything at all, and putting
it on a flag – especially an enormous white bedsheet – makes it an enormous
nothing. No, the 21st century ain’t all it’s cracked up to be!
Mike Oettle, 12 May 2003
The arms are derived from the arms of the Van Alkemade family, which
descended from the Lords of the Lek, who also used a black lion.
When the Lords of the Lek became extinct in the 14th century, the Van Alkemade
family also adopted the crown. Later, the lion was used by the Estate of
Alkemade and the municipality. The colours of the arms are known since
Medieval times and are first mentioned in the Gelre roll of arms.
Info from Ralf Hartemink's site.
De Kaag is a village in Alkemade municipality in Zuidholland, and an
important center of yachting on the "Kager Plassen", the Kager Lakes.
On this webpage is an image entitled "vlag", but according to Sierskma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62] it's only part of it. He writes: "Two equally wide vertical stripes of white and green, with on the white part a red an addossed Kaagschip. This flag was instituted in November 1950 by the Local Society for Tourist Traffic as Kaagse dorpsvlag (village flag), which was later sanctioned by the municipal council of Alkemade. The "Kaagschip" sailing on the white field (=water) has been derived from the old village arms. The green color symbolizes the polderland, which surounds the Kager Lakes.
Jarig Bakker, 1 May 2003
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