Welcome, Breton Vexillological Society

The Breton Vexillological Society (Kevarzhe Vannielouriezh Vreizh — KVV / Société Bretonne de Vexillologie) joined FIAV in 1997, having been established the previous year. We welcome them as the 14th sponsor of World Vexillology Day!

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The KVV flag

Welcome, Italian Center of Vexillological Studies

The Italian Center of Vexillological Studies (Centro Italiano Studi Vessillologici — CISV) is our 13th sponsor.  Benvenuto!

CISV was established in 1972, and joined the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV) the following year. Their website includes a colorful catalog of vexillological associations and their flags (in Italian).

And we are happy to share this news: CISV will be joining their compatriots in Bandiere Storiche to organize an event in Milan to celebrate World Vexillology Day this October 1. The event webpage is www.cisv.it/milano16.html

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The CISV flag

Welcome, Flag Data Center

The Flag Data Center (Středisko vexilologických informací — SVI) maintains an extensive repository of information on municipal flags in the Czech Republic on their website vexi.info.  (A small subset of these can currently be seen on our Welcome Page.)  Established in 1994, SVI became a member of FIAV, the International Federation of Vexillological Associations, in 2003.

We welcome SVI as the twelfth sponsor of World Vexillology Day!

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The SVI flag

 

Welcome, Heraldica Slovenica

NOTE: Heraldica Slovenica recently adopted a new flag.

We welcome Heraldica Slovenica (the Heraldry Society of Slovenia) as the latest sponsor of and participant in World Vexillology Day.  Here is their announcement:

Heraldica Slovenica annually holds a Slovenian Flag Day celebration on 7 April at the geographical center of Slovenia. In addition to Slovenian patriotic activities we strongly support the idea of World Vexillology Day. On 1 October we will share knowledge about the world’s flags and also organize a Vexiday event in the capital Ljubljana.

We recommend the initiative to all other vexillological associations and believe that flags deserve their world flag day.

In Slovenian:

Heraldica Slovenica prireja 7. aprila vsakoletno slovesnost ob dnevu slovenske zastave na Geometričnem središču Slovenije. Društvo poleg patriotske aktivnosti močno podpira idejo o svetovnem zastavoslovnem dnevu, se bo zavzelo za populariziranje vede in 1. oktobra organiziralo veksilološki dan v Ljubljani.

Vsem zastavoslovnim združenjem toplo priporočamo iniciativo in menimo, da si zastave zaslužijo svoj svetovni praznik.

Established in 1991, Heraldica Slovenica has been a member of the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV) since 1993.

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The Heraldica Slovenica flag

Welcome, Greater Unified Albany Vexillological Association (GUAVA)

GUAVA, the Greater Albany Unified Vexillology Association, is a recently formed group of flag enthusiasts in Albany, Oregon. They say, “We are a group of individuals assembled to study flags and ultimately to create a lasting symbol to unite our community in the form of a very well designed flag.” We welcome their support of and participation in World Vexillology Day!

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The GUAVA flag

Welcome, Southern African Vexillological Association

Flag study organizations from North America, Europe, and Oceania are sponsoring World Vexillology Day, and today we add Africa to this growing list.  We welcome the endorsement and participation of the Southern African Vexillological Association (SAVA)!

A member organization of FIAV, SAVA covers the Southern African countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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The SAVA flag

Welcome, New Zealand Flag Assocation

We are happy to announce that the New Zealand Flag Association (NZFA) is supporting World Vexillology Day. They are the first FIAV member in Oceania, indeed in the Southern Hemisphere, to announce their support.

For information about the New Zealand Flag Association, please email John Moody at johnmoody431@hotmail.com.

Tēnā koutou, NFZA!

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The NZFA flag

Welcome, New England Vexillological Association

The FIAV member in the northeastern United States, the New England Vexillological Association (NEVA), has endorsed World Vexillology Day.  They sent the following announcement to their membership:

Vexiday – Coming to a Calendar Near You!

As a vexillologist, you know about Flag Day.  On 14 June, the day when the US flag was adopted, we celebrate its adoption with various patriotic observances; some locations more than others.

But as a vexillologist, you are doubtlessly aware of many, many other flags, and each has its own rich history.  There soon may be an occasion to publicly celebrate these other flags, and help educate the general public about vexillology, the study of flags – especially young people, who may have an interest in flags, but as far as they know; no one else does.

Scott Mainwaring of the Portland (OR) Flag Association, is spearheading a drive to designate 1 October “World Vexillology Day”, a day to celebrate flags, flag design, and flag studies.  The organizers have selected 1 October, because it’s commonly recognized as the birthday of modern vexillology, being the date of the first issue of The Flag Bulletin (the first flag studies journal) in 1961, by Gerhard Grahl and Whitney Smith.

This will be an annual event to raise public awareness and introduce people, (again, especially young people), to opportunities available to become more active in pursuing their interest in flags.

The organizers have started a website, www.vexiday.org, to educate the public and to advertise events that flag associations around the world may wish to organize (some suggestions are on the website). They have also have set up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

We at NEVA support this initiative.  We may be able to organize some sort of Vexiday event, locally or online, in time for 1 October 2016, and if so, will take steps to publicize it.  At some point the organizers hope to have the large flag associations, like FIAV, NAVA, and the Flag Institute, formally endorse Vexiday.

Please let us know at NEVA what you think of this, and your feedback on the idea in general is very welcome at the Vexiday website.

For more information about NEVA, contact Carl Gurtman at cgurtman@maine.rr.com or visit their website (under construction) at nejv.org.

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The NEVA flag