Thank you to everyone who participated in sharing what words you felt described Aberdeen. Based on those results, we’ve designed 3 Aberdeen flag options.
The Makings of a Successful Flag
Having an Aberdeen flag is a new idea for our community and we are excited about it being used by Aberdonians to show their pride in our city. When we put together designs for our future flag we consulted NAVA, the worlds largest flag studies organization and followed these guidelines:
- Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
- No Lettering or Seals. Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
- Be Distinctive or Be Related. Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
Symbolic Color Choices
Each of the three flag options incorporate 4-5 colors that each has a symbolic meaning tied to our community.
The yellow star represents the sun; an integral part of growth for Aberdeen and in agriculture. Growth is also reflected within the community via Economic and Employment opportunities.
The deep blue symbolizes the strength and prosperity of Aberdeen’s education system, community, & business sector. The continued focus on retail, trade, healthcare, and manufacturing will change the game for years to come in Aberdeen.
The blue sky welcomes you to Aberdeen and a wealth of opportunity. Mimicking the blue of the South Dakota State Flag, the flags embrace the ideals of the state while carving out its own unique image amongst the cities and towns of South Dakota.
The white symbolizes Aberdeen’s rich history as a railroad hub, as well as a tie in with Aberdeen, Scotland, which Aberdeen was named. The “Hub City” was born of the confluence of railroads and highways and serves as a center of economic activity in the region.
Aberdeen is changing the game with its open agriculture and recreational spaces as represented by the green. The city serves as a center for hunting, fishing, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation.
And, now Aberdeen, we need your vote! Pick the flag you would like to represent Aberdeen. Check out the three options and then cast your vote below.