San Diego Flag?

Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 5:00 —by Joe Crawford
This item was posted in General category and has 3 Comments so far.

Flag of the City of San Diego
We have an official flag? Who knew?!?

The city website says of the official flag:

The flag is composed of three vertical bars, from left to right, red, white and gold. In the center white field is the official seal of the city and beneath it the date “1542,” the year explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first entered San Diego Bay and claimed the area for Spain. The use of the three vertical bars is reminiscent of the colors of the flag of Spain, which flew over Cabrillo’s ship.

So we have a vertical stripe of red, and one of yellow, like Spain’s flag, which has two horizontal red bars, and one yellow one.

We’ve only had it since 1934. Not long given Spain landed here like 450 years ago.

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3 Responses to “San Diego Flag?”

  1. David Moye said on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 14:48

    Did you know we have an unofficial anthem? Mel Torme once wrote
    a song called “They Go To San Diego” that should be adopted
    as the city’s official song. Sample lyrics include….
    When those widows you hear of with lots of dough/ figure out it’s
    getting late/ go to have a final fling with some young and
    handsome mate. do they journey to France for some boring romance
    with a square from Tierra del Fuego? Nah, they go to San diego
    Dandy, sandy San Diego. There are four marines for each widowned
    gal in that land.” It was written as part of his California
    Suite, which includes a song that goes, “La Jolla won’t annoy
    ya/ La Mesa what a place-a.”

  2. Tom said on Monday, January 8, 2007, 18:18

    Thanks for the time in writing about the SD flag. Perhaps you could help me track down some decent artwork for producing a real one?

  3. Joe Crawford said on Monday, January 8, 2007, 19:03

    It looks like a vector file can be downloaded for a small fee here:

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