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Billings, Montana (U.S.)

Yellowstone County

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[Flag of Billings, Montana] 3:5 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The flag of Billings is a vertical tribar of blue, white, and blue stripes in proportions of 1:2:1, making the white stripe nearly square. On the center of the white stripe is a large city seal, 1.5 units in diameter on a flag of 3 units by 5. A white ring edged in blue surrounds the seal. Running across the bottom of the seal and hiding the lower portion of the ring is a red horizontal bar extending beyond the seal’s edges. Across this bar is BILLINGS, in white, the “B” and the “S” larger and more cursive than the other letters. Centered below the red bar on the white field, in small blue letters, is MONTANA. On the visible portion of the ring, curved over the top, is the legend STAR OF THE BIG SKY COUNTRY, in red. The inner field of the seal is blue. Along the lower portion of the seal are four buildings representing the skyline of the city, in blue shaded in white. Behind the buildings on the hoist side are the Rimrocks, a city landmark, jutting from the hoist side and slanting downward in the center, in blue with a white line running down it. The blue sky above has a red sun hovering over the buildings, slightly to the fly side of center.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

The seal depicts what the city calls “a progressive image of Billings”, showing the city’s three tallest buildings. Montana’s nickname is “Big Sky Country”.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

On 23 January 1986, the Flag Committee of Billings met to discuss the need for a city flag and a new city seal to replace the former seal adopted in 1885. Two contests were held, one for the seal and one for the flag, with a top prize of $500 in each. The committee received 66 entries.
Flag adopted: 3 February 1986 (official).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

Fernando Méndez received a plaque and his prize of $1,000 at the council meeting of 9 June 1986 for designing both the flag and the new seal.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003


Amend Park

"Amend Park Development Council was formed in 1992 by a small group of soccer parents and was founded on the idea of developing Amend Park as a soccer complex for the youth and families of Yellowstone County in a cooperative partnership with the City of Billings Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Department."

And the flag is green with black park's logo on it: amend-park-development-council.com/our-projects (image only: amend-park-development-council.com/s/cc_images/cache_1191768204.png?t=1267138947).
Valentin Poposki, 3 June 2011


 
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