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[flag of San Diego, California] by Antonio Martins, 31 August 2000

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Vertical triband of dark red, white and dark yellow; centered on the white stripe the state seal, and arched bellow it the date "1545" (foundation of San Diego). The seal shows, on a light blue background, a coat of arms like emblem that may be blazoned as per fess, azure and sable, on the I a ship or rigged gules, on the II an orange tree proper between two (what? cornucopiae?), and bellow a fess gules marginated in point buy a fesslet vert; as supporters, the columns of Hercules; as crest, a church bell porch; in lieu of motto scroll, two rococo ornaments. Around the edge of the shield, in golden letters on white, ths inscription "The City of San Diego - State of California" pointing up, and in white letters on golden, pointing down, "Semper vigilans" (always on the watch).

Ratio: 2:3. Diameter of the seal: 1/3rd of the flag's height; height of the letters, approx. 1/16th.

Sources: Discovery Channel website and _World Book_.

Antonio Martins, 31 August 2000

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