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by Blas Delgado
The Harbour Grace flag measures 27" x 54" and was adopted by the Town Council on June 28, 1995. It was to commemorate the 50th year of municipal government. The flag was raised and dedicated two days later on June 30, 1995. The artist was Andy Williams and the research and preparation was done by Don Martin, Carl Janes and Gordon French.
Terms for the different parts of the Harbour Grace flag and accessories:
Hoist and Fly: The two end widths of the flag
Field/Ground: The flag's background color
The items on the flag has different representations. The white diagonal cross represents a beacon throwing its light to all parts of the globe to guide mariners to a safe haven. The golden circle embodies a beacon light erected on the Point of Beach in 1852 and was used for 116 years.
The Harbour Grace Volunteer Corps. Were founded in 1861, whose colors were a white field from which golden tassels were mounted at the head of the flagstaff. In the upper quarter on the field of red is an aircraft of the 1920-30 vintage, which symbolizes the importance of the town's airstrip, constructed in 1927 and provided yesman service on the progress of the flight made from the airstrip by numerous trans-Atlantic and round-the-world pioneers of aviation. The flag may be flown from fixed poles and masts or smaller, portable and fixed staffs. The ropes by which the flag is raised is called the halyard. Poles, masts, and staffs may hace special ornaments, known as trucks or finals, at the top.
Proper Display of the Flag
The fundamental rule is that the flag of Harbour Grace must always be given a place of honor when it is shown within the boundaries of Harbour Grace.
The only flags allowed to fly above it are the flags of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and the Union Jack. When displayed with the flag of pennants of cities, towns, or organizations, the flag should be shown at the center and at the highest point. When a row of flags is carried on staffs in a parade, it should be on the right of the speaker. If it is on a staff off the platform it should be on the right of the audience. In the council chambers, it must be displayed on the mayor's right. When there is a succession of flag poles "from the left" facing a street or highway, flags should be flown in the order:
1.) Canadian Flag
2.) Union Jack
3.) Newfoundland and Labrador Flag
4.) Flag of Harbour Grace
When displayed without a staff or pole, the flag should always be hung so that the folds fall free. The flag should never be used as a drapery or covering. The flag may be employed to cover a casket, with the hoist end at the head. It should not be lowered into a grave or allowed to touch the ground or floor at any time.
When the flag is displayed on a wall, it should be hung from the hoist end. As a sign of mourning, the flag will always be flown at half mast for a deceased coucillor.
The displaying of the flag is a sign of love and respect for the town. The flag should not be flown in bad weather. It may be displayed on National, Provincial and municipal civic holidays. The flag may also be flown from polling stations.
When the flag is no longer fit condition to be flown, it should be destroyed in a dignified manor, preferably by burning.