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I don't know exactly the difference in meaning of both flags. (1) seems to be used for flying by private citizens. (2) seems to be used by KNBLO, organiser of the event, and some participating organisations. Flag (2) even has a NSN (NATO Stock Number). As far as I know, in Dutch both flags are called "Vierdaagse Vlag" (Fourdays Flag).
The Nijmegen 4days walking event dates back to the early 20th century. Private citizens, but also military personnel, from countries all over the world, attend the event. Every year the event has an opening ceremony called Vlaggenparade (Flag Parade). Military and civilian groups show lots of flags during the event. The last day, when reentering Nijmegen, the over 30.000 participants are welcomed by many 100.000s of people with flowers (gladiolus), hence the name Via Gladiola for the last kms of the parcours in Nijmegen. The 85th edition starts Tuesday 17 July [2001 Ed].
Nijmegen (Roman name: Noviomagus) is one of the oldest cities in the
Netherlands. Charlemagne had a palace (palts) there. Hence the alternative
name "Karelstad" (City of Charlemagne). The palts was demolished during
French occupation ca. 1800, but up until now the coat of arms of Nijmegen shows
a double-headed eagle, see http://www.nijmegen.nl
In WWII, Nijmegen was severely damaged in the days of the battle of Arnhem
(just 20km North). Today it is a still_going_strong vivid city, hosting
an well-known university.
Gerard van der Vaart, 16 July 2001
The (2) gif is from the KNBLO (see below) [Ed]
KNBLO = Koninklijke Nederlandsche Bond voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding.
The scroll reads: "Willen is Kunnen" - who really wants can do