Lincoln’s flag wins contest to be named best in North America

Lincoln’s city flag isn’t even a year old, but online voters think it’s the best in North America.

The art deco flag, chosen in January 2022 to replace the old flag, received about 55% of the more than 2,700 votes in the 2022 Urban Life Signs North American City Flag Tournament, an online Twitter poll. Lincoln’s flag beat one from Columbia, South Carolina, in the finals of the tournament.

Brian Stokle, a San Francisco city planner and vexillologist, or someone who studies flags, started the contest in November, where 80 city flags competed in ranked votes against other flags in four regions. A bracket was then created and battled through Twitter polls throughout December.

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Lincoln’s flag, one of the youngest in the competition, beat Portland, Ore., in the semifinals last week. Columbia’s flag was also relatively new when it was chosen in 2020.

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Stokle, who said he has spent more than a decade trying to redesign San Francisco’s flag, was inspired to create the contest by the North American Vexillological Association’s survey of more than 300 flags in November and a competition between the flags from the teams in the world Cup.

He told the Journal Star last week that Lincoln’s flag is unique.

“There’s no other flag that I know of in the country that looks like it,” Stokle said.

“People from Lincoln really identify with it, that’s the most important thing.”

Ed Mejis, art director at Nelnet, designed Lincoln’s new flag, which was chosen from among four finalists as part of a contest sponsored by the American Marketing Association and Lincoln Young Professionals. It replaced the old city flag which had existed for 90 years.

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