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adopted 29 May 1997
The flag with the red top-fly stripe is the official flag. The one with
the green stripe was probably a mistake made during the designing of the
flag after the municipal reorganisation in 1997, and started to have a
life of its own.
Marcel Deelen, Halderbergen municipal office, 12 May 2003
In the past weekend I saw with my own eyes the flag with the red-white-green
fly in front of the municipal building! In the official municipal resolution
it was indeed stated: "green-white-green", but that was an error.
Meant was really: red-white-green, probably in reference to the
many ties between the municipal seat of Oudenbosch and Rome (Italy).
The Basilica of the Holy Agatha & Barbara of Oudenbosch (80 m. high
and with a cupola of 68 m.) was built after the model of the St. Peter
basilica in Rome; This basilica was built between 1865 and 1892. The initiative
to build this basilica was taken by Father Hellemons, who was fascinated
by the buildings of the Vatican. He managed to persuade over 3,000 Oudenbosch
citizens to participate in this project and he built his Basilica. In front
of the church is a monument in remembrance to the 3.000 "Zoeaven"
(Zouaves, volunteers, who fought for the Pope against Italy between 1867
and 1870), who left for Rome from Oudenbosch between 1860 and 1870. The
"Kapel van Saint Louis" (Chapel of Saint Louis) is reminiscent of the St
Peter’s in Rome, also built by Father Hellemons.
Stefan Lambregts, 12 May 2003
The municipal council's resolution settles the matter: so the flag is
green-white-green. Should they want to use a red-white-green flag a new
resolution has to be taken. This has happened for instance in Liempde
I don't believe that in the case of Halderberge the Italian colors have been meant. The ties of Oudenbosch via the Zouaves concern the Vatican, and around 1870 the State of Italy was an adversary of the Pope.
Hans van Heijningen, 14 May 2003
On 17 Feb 2005 the municipal council confirmed that it had adopted the
Red - White - Green flag on 29 May 1997.
Stefan Lambrechts, 28 Feb 2005
Adopted by municipal resolution on 8 Sep 1997. This Coat of Arms is derived from
the merger of the three Coats of Arms of the former municipalities of Hoeven, Oudenbosch
and Oud en Nieuw Gastel. The trees, from the Oudenbosch arms, allude to
the origin of that municipality: the Baerlebosch. The three ducks
are from the arms of Gastel. The castle of Hoeven is possibly connected
to the arms of the city of Antwerpen, the bishop
of which held spiritual and worldly power over Hoeven.
Source: municipal website.
Franc van Diest, 16 Aug 2001
The Oudenbosch arms were granted 28 Feb 1816; In 1986 research revealed
that the original heraldic colors were green and silver. In 1816 that was
apparently not known, so the national colors (Belgium
was then included in the Netherlands).
Source: Halderberge municipality website.
Franc van Diest, 16 Aug 2001