NAVA 45 / ICV 24 (2011)

George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia
August 1–5, 2011

Twenty-Fourth International Congress of Vexillology

Meeting flag description: The design of the Congress flag was selected from 27 proposals submitted by interested vexillologists, and modified slightly by the design committee. The white stars on blue and the red stars on white represent, respectively, the host nation and its capital, the United States of America and Washington D.C. (the ICV was held in Alexandria, Virginia, a portion of which was once part of the District of Columbia). There are 24 stars in all, echoing the number of the Congress. The blue-and-white and the quartered design also recall, respectively, the state flags of Virginia and Maryland, the two states adjacent to the District of Columbia. Coincidentally, the concept of the flag is similar to the one used for ICV 14 in Barcelona in 1991, held twenty years earlier. However, the use of the stars to represent the number of the ICV creates an additional symbolic link between the ICV and the host nation and city.

Meeting flag proportions:
Meeting flag designers: Anthony C. Burton; Peggy Rose (vector artist)
Meeting hosts: Hugh L. Brady J.D., FF, John A. Lowe M.D., FF, and Gustravo Tracchia FF

Significant Event

The Presidential Citation was added to the Association’s awards and honors program.


Sir Charles Fawcett Redux: The Historical Connection Between the British East India Company Flag and the American Continental Colors, Peter A. Ansoff, Va.

Unity in Flags, Ralph G.C. Bartlett FF, Australia

Stillborn: Flags Designed for the “Republic of KwaNdebele”, Bruce B. Berry M.A., FF, South Africa

Sokol Flags: The Symbols of the Croatian Sokol Movement up to 1914, Jelena Borošak-Marijanović, Croatia

Did the United States Influence the Czechoslovak National Flag?, Aleš Brožek FF, Czech Republic

Raising the Standard: An Argument from Design, Anthony C. Burton, Australia

Aquella Bandera Cubana . . . La Original, Avelino V Couceiro Rodríguez, Cuba

Flags of Constructed Languages, Patrice de la Condamine, France

Four Forgotten Norwegian Ensigns, Jan Oskar Engene Ph.D., FF, Norway

Foreign Influences on the Development of Russian Military Flags, Arthur W. Etchells III Ph.D., Penn.

The Flag of the City of Buenos Aires: Four Centuries of History, Francisco Gregoric, Argentina

Two Famous American Flags, Dale Grimes, Jr., Md.

The Rise and Fall of Worldface: Social Networking, Stereotyping, and the Power of Flags, Scot M. Guenter Ph.D., LF, FF, Calif.

Utah’s Adoption of Two Legislative Measures Affecting the Utah State Flag, John M. Hartvigsen, Utah

Picturing Flag Violence in Civil War Sheet Music: The Case of “Down With the Traitors’ Serpent Flag” , Kenneth Hartvigsen M.A., Mass.

San Diego’s Indian Tribal Flags, Donald T. Healy, Ariz.

National Identity in the Political Party Flags in Croatia, Željko Heimer, Croatia

Why Flags? Searching for an Essence of Flags, Lee L. Herold, Minn.

Catalan Modernism and Vexillology, Sebastiá Herreros i Agüí FF, Catalunya

The 20th Anniversary Under the Slovene Flag, Tadej Jakopič, Slovenia

Southern Cross Down Under, Ralph D. Kelly FF, Australia

Gibralter: The Rock with Its Own Symbols, Roman Klimeš, Germany

From the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to the Federated States of Micronesia, Michel R. Lupant, Belgium

The Mysterious John Hewson–Martha Washington Flag, Christopher Maddish, Pa.

The Standards of the Manahttoes, Pavonia, and Hell-Gate, David B. Martucci, Maine

British Royal Standards 1199–Present, Geoff Parsons and Michael Faul, U.K.

Six Flags over Luna?: The Role of Flags in Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories, Anne M. Platoff M.S., M.A., Calif.

The Orange Pennant: The Dutch Response to a Flag Dilemma, Jos Poels FF, The Netherlands

The Maritime Influence on the Municipal Flags of Atlantic Canada, Robert Raeside Ph.D., FF, N.S.

Following the Voice: The Eyes of Vexillology, Alain Raullet, Brittany

Political Party Flags of San Marino, Marcus E.V. Schmöger, Germany

The Treatment of the 4th Regiment U.S.C.T. Civil War Flag, Gwen Spicer M.S., FAIC, N.Y., and Alexandra Deutsch M.A., Md.

Discoveries Made While Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner, Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss M.S., D.C.

On a Scale of 1 to 10, Peter Hans Van den Muijzenberg, The Netherlands

Translating Coats of Arms and Emblems into Flags, Marcel van Westerhoven, The Netherlands

Awards and Honors

Honorary Membership (for distinguished service to the Association): Scot M. Guenter Ph.D.

Captain William Driver Award: Kenneth Hartvigsen M.A.

Presidential Citations: John M. Hartvigsen and The Rev. Richardson A. Libby