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.
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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Photos: American flags in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska
Girls in Seward with American flag, 2019
Flag on grave site, 2016
The flag was raised in 1971
Veterans raise flags before high school football, 2016
Flag bedspread, 1974
American flags at the Strategic Air and Space Museum, 2012
Arbor Day flag, 2016
Flag at citizenship ceremony, 2016
WC fan waving flag, 2014
Flag Day, 1969
Spring Game American Flag, 2017
Patricia Vondra with the flag, 1995
Patriot Day Boy Scout with flag, 2014
Skydivers at the Cornhusker State Games with the American flag, 2018
Flag for the Special Olympics Torch Run, 1995
American flag at Lincoln Christian volleyball game, 2016
Flag Day at the Willard Community Center, 1996
Constitution Day flag at Pyrtle Elementary, 2016
Haines Branch School students and flag, 1993
September 11 tailgate with flag, 2010
Flag honors hostage release in 1981
Patriotic Flag, American Legion Post 110, 2016
Defense Day, 1970
American flag hanging at home, 1980
Waverly football team with flag, 2016
USA, Nebraska flag outside Lincoln Southwest, 2010
The Dorchester 1957 flag was retired
Flag collector, 2011
Marine Corps Ensign with American Flags, 2007
Flag at 52nd and Pioneers
Flag raising near Chadron, 1970
Cub Scout places American flag, 2006
Fire Station American Flag, 2015
Commemoration Homestead Act, 2012
Flag near O Street, 2016
American flag at Nebraska game, 2015
Flag at Wyuka Cemetery, 2020
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