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Dictionary of Vexillology: H (Hochflagge - Honourable Ordinaries)

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See ‘vertically hoisted flag 1)’ and its following note.

Sankt Wolfgang, Germany
Hochflagge/Vertically Hoisted Flag of Sankt Wolfgang, Germany (fotw)

1) That edge or section of a flag, which lies next to the flagpole, mast or staff – the distance line (see also ‘Appendix I, ‘fly’, ‘heading’, ‘obverse’ and ‘reverse’).
2) See ‘signal hoist’.
3) (v) The act of raising a flag.
4) The width of a flag (see also ‘width’).

See ‘chevron 1)’

Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, Brazil
Flag of Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, Brazil (fotw)

A direct translation of the Dutch term hijsdiagonaal but see ‘bend’, ‘per bend’ and ‘descending diagonal 2)’.

hoist-diagonal example
Flag of Klášterská Lhota, Czechia (fotw)

The term – and a direct translation of the Dutch hijsdriehoek - sometimes used to describe a triangular charge based on the hoist – a simple triangle, or (inaccurately) a simple pile/triangle throughout – but see ‘pile 1)’ and ‘triangle 1)’ (also ‘equilateral triangle’).

Philippines Puerto Rico Czechia
National Flag of the Philippines (fotw); National Flag of Cuba (fotw); National Flag of the Czechia, (fotw)

1) See ‘hoist 3)’.
2) In UK usage, that flag (or burgee) that must be flown by ordinary members of the Royal Yachting Association – see ‘yachting crown’ and its following note.

hoist flag  hoist flag
Ordinary member’s House Flag and Burgee of the Royal Yachting Association, UK (fotw)

See ‘signal hoist’ (also ‘International Code of Signal Flags’ and ‘signal flag’).

hoist of flags hoist of flags hoist of flags
US4 (Uniform-Sierra-4) in The International Code of Signals or “Nothing Can be Done Until The Weather Moderates” (fotw)

See ‘heading’.

hoist strip

Those terms – and translations of the German “hissflagge” or “hissfahne” used in German language vexillology – to describe a conventional flag (that is a flag generally longer than it is wide) which is hoisted on a flagpole in the normal way – but see the note below (also ‘banner 2), ‘cross bar’, ‘flag 1)’, ‘gonfalon 1)’, ‘hanging flag’, ‘outrigger flag’ and ‘vertically hoisted flag 1)’).

Albisheim Albisheim
Hoisted Flag and Banner of Albisheim, Germany (fotw)

Please note that this term is only employed when such a flag is presented (either visually or in discussion) with another - such as a banner, gonfalon or hanging flag - that is designed to be hung from a cross bar or is otherwise vertically orientated.

A piece of rope sewn into the heading of a flag to which the toggle (at the top of the heading) and becket (or eye splice) in the other end below the flag, or Inglefield clips (at both ends) are attached and by means of which the flag is bent on (or attached) to the halyard (see also ‘Appendix I’, ‘becket’, ‘bend on’, ‘eye splice’, ‘halyard’, ‘toggle’, and ‘Inglefield clips’).

Please note that the hoistline is described as a distance line in US military specifications.

In US naval usage, a larger than usual set of colours flown by a vessel or shore installation on holidays and other special occasions (see also ‘ceremonial ensign’, ‘garrison flag’ and ‘Sunday ensign’).

See ‘agnus dei’.

Holy Lamb Holy Lamb
Arms and Former Flag of Preston, UK (fotw)

See ‘Crown of the Holy Spirit’.

Holy Spirit's Crown Holy Spirit's Crown
Flag and Arms of Manigoto, Portugal (fotw)

In USN usage and in some others the term for a paying off pennant - see ‘paying off pennant’.

A collective term for any addition (or additions) to a flag, colour or arms that is (or are) granted in recognition of an act (or acts) of courage – see ‘augmentation of honour’ and ‘battle honour’.

Government Ensign of Malta 1943–64 Government Ensign of Malta 1943–64
Arms and Government Ensign of Malta 1943–64 (fotw)

The term – and a direct translation of the German Ehrenbanner – for those flags (usually decorated with a fringe) that were awarded to various non-military organizations for excellent performance by the former GDR and possibly other Communist bloc countries – but see ‘award flag’ (also ‘banner 3)’ and ‘touring flag’).

Honour Banner Honour Banner
Honour Banner for Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, GDR (Eugene Ipavec); Honour Banner for Efforts in Developing the Town of Leipzig, GDR (Eugene Ipavec)

See ‘ensign of honour’.

[ensign of honor]
Honour Ensign/Ensign of Honour, Russian Federation (fotw & CS)

1) The flag, now obsolete, that was selected to represent those nations which were working towards world peace prior to the foundation of the United Nations Organization, and in official/semi-official use (particularly, but not exclusively, in the USA) from 1943 to c1948 - the four freedoms flag.
2) The flag that was presented to those towns and districts in Australia who subscribed twice their quota of funds to the Commonwealth Government's Seventh War Loan in 1918.
3) One of the flags presented in 1832 by the government of Belgium to honour those municipalities who had made a significant contribution towards the independence of that cuntry.
4) See ‘flag of honour’.

[Honor flag - proposed UN flag] Honour Flag, Australia Honour Flag, Belgium
From left: The Honour Flag (fotw); The Honour Flag, Australia 1918 (fotw); The Honour Flag, Belgium 1832 (fotw)

Please note with regard to 1) that the red bars – optionally blue or green and possibly yellow – were said to represent the four freedoms (freedom of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear) for which the Second World War was being fought, and that the alternative name of four freedoms flag was in occasional use until 1945.

See ‘jack of honour’.

FNFL flag, FR
Honour Jack/Jack of Honour (Forces Navales Françaises Libres), France (fotw)

1) On flags, originally a US term for that position on a flag where the colour or charge with the greatest or highest symbolism is placed, almost always the upper hoist canton – point of honour sometimes called the place of honour (see also ‘canton 1)’, ‘quarter 1)’ and ‘union’).
2) In heraldry, a point on the shield slightly above the exact centre - the fesse- or fess-point (see also ‘shield’).

[honour point] [honour point]

Please note with regard to 1), not to be confused with the position of honour - see ‘position of honour’.

See ‘position of honour’.

In heraldry see ‘ordinary’.

[chief example] [cross example] [pale example] [saltire example] [fess example] [pile example] [chevron example] [quarter example] [bend example]
Examples: Chief; Cross; Pale; Saltire; Fess; Pile; Chevron; Quarter; Bend

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