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Voerendaal (The Netherlands)
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Adopted 20 Feb 1995
Population (1 Jan 2003): 13.132; area: 31,42 km². Settlements: Voerendaal
(seat), Barrier, Colmont, Craubeek, Dolberg, Eyserheide (ged), Fromberg,
Heek (ged), Hellebeuk, Klimmen, Koulen, Kunrade, Mingersberg (ged), Opscheumer,
Overheek, Ransdaal, Retersbeek, Termaar, Termoors, Ubachsberg, Weustenrade,
Voerendaal is a municipality in (south) Limburg, an area, where mining
was very important until the mines were closed down in the 1960's. It is
north of Heerlen, which wanted to incorporate Voerendaal within its municipal
borders. However Voerendaal remained independent, and in 1982 was even
extended by the addition of the former municipality of Klimmen, and parts
of other bordering municipalities.
Flag adopted 20 Feb 1995 by municipal resolution.
Description: five stripes, proportioned 1:1:2:1:1, of yellow and blue,
with on the central stripe three red lilies in a row.
The name "Voerendaal" derives from "Voeren" - a ford
- and "dal" - a valley. Two blue brooks flow through a yellow valley;
the lilies are the main element in the arms of the former municipality
of Klimmen. The origin of the (French) lilies is found in the fact that
c. 968 this was a possession of the French Queen Gerberga.
Source: the Voerendaal municipal
by Jarig Bakker, 4 Nov 2003
Voerendaal old flag
Adopted 21 Dec 1976
Voerendaal's old flag was: five horizontal stripes of red, white, black,
yellow, and blue, and in the canton the municipal arms.
Adopted 21 Dec 1976 by municipal resolution.
This flag is the old Limburg flag as used in 1938 as parading flag
in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, when Queen Wilhelmina (and all of
us) celebrated her 40 years of blissfull reign of the Netherlands.
Municipalities used that flag with the addition of the municipal arms
in the canton.
Source: Derkwillem Visser's Gemeentewapens en vlaggen Koninkrijk
der Nederlanden, 2001.
Jarig Bakker, 4 Nov 2003
Voerendaal Coat of Arms
from the Voerendaal municipal site.
Granted 4 Jan 1983
Till 1777 Voerendaal belonged to Heerlen, except for 1627-1634, when
it was owned by Willem van Cortenbach. Since 1777 Voerendaal has its own
government. Because Heerlen (and therefore Voerendaal too) was one of the
main sheriff's benches of Valkenburg the lion of Valkenburg is represented
on the arms. The person is Saint Lawrence, the patron saint of the church.
The municipality originally asked for a mirror image of the arms, but the
High Council of Nobility thought that the parish saint ought to be in the
place of honor (first field), and turned the image.
by Jarig Bakker, 30 Apr 2005
Klimmen former municipality
Adopted 29 Sep 1977; design: Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek.
Klimmen is a former municipality in Limburg province, since 1982 part
Flag: Two stripes yellow - red; at the hoist charged with a triangle,
with apex at flagcenter, with stripes blue - white, the triangle
bordered black (border = 1/12 flagheight).
Adopted 29 Sep 1977 by municipal resolution; design: Stichting Banistiek
The colors are derived from the municipal arms. The triangle symbolizes
the steep hill on which the village of Klimmen lies (Klimmen = to
climb), for which the village was known since medieval times, while the
background of the quarters of the arms have been used "inside the height"
as a vague reminder of the former mining tradition.
Nickname: "Molmuus" - vole, used for people who are sly like
rats or for busybodies.
Source: Vexilla Nostra 15 (108): p.50.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Apr 2005
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