States aren’t the territories in the United States that have an official flag. Many U.S. cities have an official flag as well. Los Angeles is one such flag-bearing city. The flag of Los Angeles is synonymous with the City of Angeles. What is the flag of Los Angeles exactly?
Overview of the Flag of Los Angeles
The flag of Los Angeles features a colorful design consisting of three vertical notches with the city’s seal in the center. As shown in the adjacent below, the first notch is green; the second notch is yellow; and the third notch is red. In the center of the yellow notch is the seal of Los Angeles.
There’s a good reason why the flag of Los Angeles features these colors. Each of the flag’s three colors is symbolic. Green symbolizes olive trees, which are commonly found throughout Los Angeles. Gold, on the other hand, symbolizes orange tree groves, which are also commonly found throughout Los Angeles. Finally, red symbolizes grape vineyards. There are thousands of acres of vineyards in Los Angeles and the surrounding region.
Along with the three colored notched, the flag of Los Angeles features the city’s official seal. The seal of Los Angeles was adopted in 1905. It consists of a badge with four quarters. The first quarter shows the lesser coat of arms of the United States; the second quarter shows the flag of the California Republic; the third quarter shows the coat of arms of Mexico; and the fourth quarter shows the lesser coat of arms of Spain. These four quarters form the seal of Los Angeles.
History of the Flag of Los Angeles
While it’s been around for nearly a century, not many people are familiar with the history of the flag of Los Angeles. In the early 1930s, Los Angeles was hosting an anniversary festival. City officials sought a flag to display at this festival, so they requested the design services of Roy Silent and E.S. Jones. Silent and Jones came up with a flag design, which was then used in the festival. The flag was such a hit, in fact, that city officials adopted it.
Los Angeles, of course, isn’t the only city with an official flag. There are dozens of other U.S. cities with a flag, some of which include Birmingham, Montogomery, Anchorage, Little Rock, Denver, Washington, D.C., Manchester and Jacksonville. Nonetheless, Los Angeles has one of the most recognizable flags. It features three notches in different colors, with the city’s official seal located in the center.