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image provided by William Belanich Jr, 17 November 2007
This is the text of an explanation of the flag of the City of Kettering, Ohio that I obtained from the City Manager's office in November 2007:
"The City of Kettering, Ohio
The flag of the City of Kettering, Ohio was designed by Dan Schlegel and was officially adopted by the City in September 2004. The choice of colors on the flag, most notably the maroon, is important because it is the official City of Kettering color. The logo of the city is displayed prominently on the flag, a circle with a triangle representing the unique City of Kettering Government Center with its triangular shape. The three corners of this architectural phenomenon can symbolize the three branches of government - legislative, judicial and executive.
The earliest settlers in what is now Kettering were John Patterson (a forefather of NCR's John Patterson) and his brother James who came to the area in 1798. They settled on the land near the Kettering/Beavercreek border near the Miami Valley Research Park. In 1841, Van Buren Township was created because of the expanding population. In November of 1952 voters of Van Buren Township approved the incorporation of the Village of Kettering, named for its most outstanding citizen, the famous philanthropist and inventor of the automobile self-starter, Charles F. Kettering. A special census taken in 1955 found the population of the village to be 38,118. The Secretary of the State of Ohio proclaimed Kettering a City on June 24, 1955. At a special election in January 1955, the voters approved adoption of the Home Rule Charter and Council-Manager form of government. Seven council representatives are elected for four-year terms on a non-partisan basis, one from each of the four districts and two at-large plus the mayor."
William Belanich, Jr., 17 November 2007
image by Dov Gutterman, 6 April 1999
Source: Flags of Ohio
James R. White of Kettering created Kettering's city flag when he was only 19 years old! It was adopted by the city on Aug. 12, 1969. The never-ending circle surrounding the seal of Kettering can represent many cool things. The eight people around this circle can symbolize the Mayor, City Council and City Manager. They also can represent the citizens and families of the city of Kettering. The colors are important, too. The red, white and blue tell us that we aren't alone; we're part of a larger community - the state of Ohio and the United States of America.
Dov Gutterman, 6 April 1999