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image by Jens Pattke, 12 August 2003
Based on the website at www.ci.savannah.ga.us, the City of Savannah Flag was adopted on January 18, 1905. It consists of a white field, displaying in the center the City Coat of Arms adopted in 1794, encircled by thirteen blue stars. The outer border is red; the inner border is blue. This etching was first published in "The Old and The New: Sketch of the Old City Exchange (1799 - 1904), and the New City Hall, Savannah, Georgia, Appendix to the Mayor's Report for 1905," by Thomas Gamble, Jr., Secretary to the Mayor.
Citation: Archival Collections, Municipal Research Library, City of Savannah, Georgia (5600MY-50, Mayor's Office, Mayor's Annual Reports, 1871-1923).
submitted by Dov Gutterman, 9 November 2002
image by Dale, 6 April 2009
SAVAGA stands for Savannah Georgia. I came up with the idea for this Flag (a slightly different version) in the early 90s (before I ever thought up the name SAVAGA). This flag is based on the 1956 Georgia State Flag. This particular
version has to do with Savannah having the best St. Patrick's Day Celebration in the World. The closest thing it compares to is Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
The large green "S" with the tri-corner hat is a very common symbol in Savannah. It represents Savannah's colonial & revolutionary history. The orange thing it is superimposed over is the State of Georgia as it appears geographically. Although it is not to scale with my actually logo, the arrow lines coming from the "S" are pointing to Savannah's geographic location within the State of Georgia. As far as the rest of the flag, that is obvious. The stars were replaced with shamrocks and the colors are of the Irish flag. Georgia has a large population of Irish descent. Most are Scots-Irish (Protestants or Orange). Savannah has a somewhat large group of Irish Catholics (green). My logo is also green and orange and unless the logo uses the background of whatever it is on, the background is default white. The writing is for what Savannah's celebration has been called. One of its names is "St. Patrick's Day Southern Style".
This flag is actually a festival flag and I hope to produce it as such. Hopefully this flag will be all over Savannah on March 17th each year.
Dale, 6 April 2009