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Benwood, West Virginia (U.S.)

Marshall County

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[Flag of Benwood, West Virginia] image located by Ivan Sache, 29 November 2007

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According to "The Intelligencer", 29 November 2007, the city of Benwood has now flag, designed by Mayor Ed Kuca, Police Chief Frank Longwell and members of city council. The flag is blue with a circular emblem in the middle, a blue map of West Virginia placed on a yellow disc, surrounding by yellow writings EST. 1853 / WEST VIRGINIA and CITY OF BENTWOOD / WHERE EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY.
Ivan Sache 29 November 2007

The map is of West Virginia with a dot in the upper "spur" about were Benwood is located. There are also a number of yellow dots just below the spur and some unreadable text across the main part of West Virginian map to the eastern spur.
Steve Shumaker, 30 November 2007

From The Intelligencer:

"The new city of Benwood flag was recently designed by Mayor Ed Kuca, Police Chief Frank Longwell and members of city council. It will be flown at the Veterans Monument in front of the city building. According to Longwell, in 2003 the city didn’t have a logo or identification decal. It was then that the statement, “Benwood where everybody is somebody” was born.

The flag is a first of its kind in the small city. Both Kuca and Longwell said they wanted to create a flag not only symbolizing Benwood, but to honor all city officials. “We have always shown allegiance to the flags and have taken great pride in the Veterans Monument,” Longwell said. “We always remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. We show respect to former and current councilman who have passed on.” Kuca said in past years, the mayor would lower the American flag to half staff in the event of a current or former city official’s death. “Recently we found out that only the governor or president has the authority to order the flag to be lowered,” Kuca said. “We decided that we wanted to show respect for our deceased city officials, so we designed a city flag. The city emblem and gold and blue colors are used in the design. This flag will be displayed alongside the state flag and the American flag. When a city official passes away we will lower the city flag to half staff. I feel whoever serves the city as a city official is a special person, and they need to be remembered. This is a big reason why I designed the flag."