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Wapse (The Netherlands)

Westerveld municipality, Drenthe province

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[Wapse villageflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 21 May 2004
adopted 15 Aug 2000; design: Drents Heraldisch College See also:

Wapse village

Wapse village, Westerveld municipality, Drenthe province.
Flag adopted 15 Aug 2000; design: Drents Heraldisch College.
Flagdescription: Seven horizontal stripes proportioned 5:7:25:25:25:7:5, white - red - white - green - white - red - white, with at 1/3
flaglength a black four-pointed star of 13/14 flagheight with at the center a white disk bordered red of 1/2 flagheight, charged with red chalice beaker, decorated black.
The red ring refers to Wapse as an "es"-village (an es is a low mound); the four points of the star refer to 1.000 items, among which the four parts of the village: Soerte, Ten Have, Veenhuizen and Veldhuizen.
The chalice beaker symbolizes the urns, found here in large quantities, the oldest tangible evidence of human presence. A cup like that could be seen on the municipal flag and arms of Diever, before it was merged into the present municipality of Westerveld.
Source: Vexilla Nostra #236, 2003.
And please don't call the Wapsers "Roggenbrijstraampels" as they may get furious. A "roggenbrijstraampel" is a stick, mostly holly, used by peasants to stir rye-porridge (poor people's food).
Jarig Bakker, 21 May 2004