Resident creates flag to be considered as official emblem for Village of Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 April 2023 at 9:54 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Village trustees Marguerite Sherman, left, and Tim Elliott hold a flag that was created by a village resident to be considered as an official flag for the community.

Mayor Mike Sidari presented the flag at this evening’s Village Board meeting. Sidari said Medina doesn’t have an official village flag.

The resident who designed the flag asked to be anonymous. The resident worked on the design as a project when largely homebound during the early days of the Covid pandemic. That person paid to have three flags made and gave them to the village.

“It’s a very nice gesture,” Mayor Sidari said about the flag proposal.

Sidari said he will ask for resident feedback the next couple Village Board meetings before deciding whether the design should be adopted as the official flag.

The design includes a mule-drawn packet boat, the former Medina Sandstone top of the White Hotel, which was later the NAPA Auto Parts on Main Street without such a glorious peak. The phrase “Roots in the Past, Eyes on the Future” is included on the flag, borrowing the phrase that was included on some of the village gateway signs and now is on the sign at the village office. There is also a canal bridge on the right sign on the flag.

The Flag Institute said a community flag “is a wonderful way to proclaim the unique identity of a place.” That institute, based in Great Britain, urges towns, villages and counties to design flags to celebrate their places and people, and to use “meaningful symbolism.”