Last modified: 2000-11-03 by franc van diest
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Veendam is c. 30 km southeast of Groningen city. It is the second largest town of the province, the main town of the 'Veenkolonie"n'
(Peat-region). It has national fame because of its football (soccer) stadium, called 'De lange Leegte' (The Long Emptiness), symbolizing the
sight after all peat had been dug out... It is now a busy industrial municipality.
The flag was adopted 14 May 1955 with the municipal CoA on the white stripe. According to legend a lady was sleeping in the heather, when she was attacked by a viper. She promised to build on that spot a church, whereupon the viper fell and disappeared. Curious detail: that is how the church of Wildervank was built, a neighbouring municipality.
The oldest reported flag of Veendam has recently been sent to the list by Messrs Nelson & Gutterman: plain white (or W++) (flagbook of Steenbergen). The Society of the Use of the Marine (Maatschappij to Nut der Zeevaart (1817) had a white flag with a twice cut through canton of red, white and blue. Finally there was a white flag with two intertwined V's (merchant flag).
Jarig Bakker, 15 November 1999