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Vukovar (Vukovar-Srijem County, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer

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There are local elections in Croatia this Sunday, and this was a chance to see on TV several local flags. One that deserves to be considered it the flag of Vukovar - the city in east of Croatia that bacame the symbol of Croatian stouggle against aggression.
The flag is a horizontal triband of blue-white-blue, where the shade of blue is very light, similar to what is usually represented on Argentinian flags (celestial blue). In the middle, as it is usual for Croatian local flags, there is the coat of arms of Vukovar - red with white castle under the image of Mary (?). Over all it is an escutcheon of irregular shape blue with golden lion (?) holding and axe.
Of course, the flag is not used in Vukovar itself at the moment, the city being under protection of the UN, but the results of these elections should change this as one of the main prerogatives of the reintegration of Eastern Slavonia and Baranya in Croatia. The flag that could be seen in Vukovar these days is the UN flag, and as it was reported in TV news, the Serb tricolours are hoisted on several buildings of the local Serb government.
Zeljko Heimer, 13 April 1997

I saw yesterday the TV-news on Arte (french-german network) with a short program about the Croatian elections and the situation of Eastern Slavonia. In a Croatian house were flying the Croatian national flag and a Vukovarian flag slightly different from the one posted by Zeljko. The city shield was on a plain sky blue field, omitting the white band of Zeljko's picture.
Ivan Sache, 16 April 1997

I haven't seen that one, but I'll make a note on my pages that this one is also used. I guess that this is either an unofficial flag or some older variant. I am inclined to believe that the striped version is official since I saw in on the election posts.
Of course, more details would be known only when the normal government would be established there.
By the way, I have seen today another photo from the elections in the area around Vukovar, with a great Serb flag hoisted on the wall behind the electors, having the light blue shield with the white eagle etc.
Zeljko Heimer, 17 April 1997

The coat of arms of Vukovar is modernized version of the previous arms, picturing a maiden standing at the city gates holding a blue shield with golden wolf. The wolf is canting the city name (Croatian vuk = wolf). The flag is triband of blue-white-blue. In mid1990's the flag without the white stripe was also occasionally used.
Zeljko Heimer

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer

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