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Belleville, Illinois (U.S.)

St. Clair County

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[Belleville, Illinois flag] image by Antonio Martins, 24 August 1999

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Description and meaning of the flag

This adopted design was the winning entry in a contest to create such a flag, which was sponsored by Belleville Carling Brewery Company in cooperation with the Belleville Chamber of Commerce as part of the Sesquicentennial Year Program.

The design for the flag, submitted by Fredrick L. Lange of Belleville, features a large field of black, symbolic of the area's rich soil basin. Next to the black field is a bar of yellow, representing our mineral wealth. There is next a bar of green, standing for agricultural abundance; and finally, a bar of white, representing our culture and plenty. The white post horn, used in early European postal systems, notably in Germany, is symbolic of the heritage of our area's pioneers, and also of the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, the nation's second oldest.

Dov Gutterman, 8 April 1999

Heraldic Description

Party per pale: first quarter sable a posthorn argent with the mouthpiece to the dexter and the bell to the sinister; second quarter tierced per pale or, vert and argent. Congratulations: Belleville showed very good taste in its choice of flag.
Juan Morales, 8 April 1999