ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2018) — Anaheim has adopted a new flag to represent the city for decades to come and serve as a symbol of community pride.
The City Council voted Tuesday to adopt Anaheim’s new flag, which is set to appear in coming months at City Hall, the Anaheim Convention Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center, other public facilities and in communications online.
“This is a historic day for Anaheim,” Mayor Tom Tait said. “The best flags around our country and the world inspire the people they represent. We want to see people make this flag their own and hope to see it on T-shirts, coffee mugs or even skateboards and laptops.”
The flag features two dark blue fields on top and bottom with a brighter blue stripe in the middle. In the center is an oval of six white stars.
Like any good flag, the colors and symbols have meaning.
The dark blue represents Anaheim’s proud history and heritage as the oldest city in Orange County.
The bright blue stripe represents the Santa Ana River, which runs through the city and is a key part of the name Anaheim, which combines “Ana” and “heim,” the German word for home, to represent “home by the river.”
The bright blue color also represents kindness as a key cultural value for Anaheim. In 2017, Anaheim officially adopted “City of Kindness” as its motto.
The flag’s six white stars represent Anaheim’s six City Council districts and the residents who live in them.
The flag replaces Anaheim’s original flag, adopted in 1967.
Anaheim’s original flag served well for five decades but breaks with design standards set by the Boston-based North American Vexillological Association, the leading authority on flags.
While not unusual in California, Anaheim’s original flag deviates with its use of the city seal and the words “City of Anaheim Founded in 1857,” which both are difficult to read from the distances at which most people see a flag.
In adopting a new flag, the city’s goal is to see it embraced by the community as a symbol to be proud of.
Anaheim will be rolling out the flag at city facilities and through social media and other communications channels. We’ll also assist residents and businesses looking to get a flag of their own.
The new flag is one of 113 submissions we received in March and April after putting out the call for designs.
We asked for submissions from residents, those who work in Anaheim and others who have a significant connection to the city.
The final design is based on a submission by Annie Choe, a graphic designer who lived in Anaheim in the 2000s and still considers the city to be near and dear.
Her original design was in red and white and was updated to shades of blue based on the prominence of blue in Anaheim and its role in our original flag.
All 113 submissions were reviewed in June and July by a subcommittee of our City Council, consisting of Mayor Tom Tait and Council Members Denise Barnes and Stephen Faessel.
Subcommittee members narrowed their focus to 19 flags selected by the city’s communications staff and picked three finalists from that group.
You can see all three finalists at Anaheim.net/flag.