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Wasilla, Alaska (U.S.)

Matanuska-Susitna Borough

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[Flag of Wasilla, Alaska] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 29 June 2010

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Description of the flag

The City of Wasilla, Alaska, adopted its official flag at 12.04.2010. Designer is Michael Jason Horsman. The resolution 10-15, including image of the flag:
Valentin Poposki, 29 June 2010

A brown moose grazing on two-tone green grass in front of a mountain skyline, behind which is a radiant sun on the horizon with rays of red and yellow. In the foreground, a blue lake, surrounded by a garland.

Flag Competition

In the "Anchorage Daily News", 1 September 2009, Zaz Hollander reports the launching of the flag contest as follows:
A city-sponsored contest starting later this month asks local students to create a flag that captures the spirit of a city that's tried for years to define its own character. The idea is Mayor Verne Rupright's. Rupright says he hopes a flag will help drum up community pride in Wasilla. He figured children in the 1970s designed the city seal -- a cabin, a cache, a kayaker, all against a mountain backdrop -- so the city's current youth should get the chance to create a flag.
Wasilla's effort isn't the first time young people have been enlisted to create a standard. Alaska's instantly recognizable flag, with its "eight stars of gold on a field of blue" -- the Big Dipper and North Star against a blue background -- was designed in 1927 by John Ben "Benny" Benson, a 13-year-old seventh-grade orphan at a mission school in Seward. For Wasilla youngsters, city librarian KJ Martin offers some tips, courtesy of the North American Vexillological (it means the study of flags) Association: a flag should be distinctive, meaningful and simple. No government seals, because they're too complicated; the design should be easy to recognize at a distance.
Ivan Sache, 3 September 2009


Oddly enough, the Wasilla civic seal is to be found on the commercial Web Site of the company which designed and maintains the city's Records Management program. In a standard circular format the outer ring is white with the words 'Founded 1917' at the top; beneath the letter 'f' in 'Founded' and the numeral '7' in '1917' are two small black dots. At the bottom of the outer ring the words 'City of Wasilla . Alaska' are written. The center of the seal depicts a local landscape in full color, and very beautiful it looks, too!
Ron Lahav, 28 March 2004

We have a city seal that was created at the time we were incorporated as a city in 1974 although Wasilla was founded in 1917. The seal was created by a student of a 5th grade class at a local elementary school through a contest. It depicts mountains in the background, which we can see from the distance and a lake, which we do have here in Wasilla. The cabin and the kayak are scenes from old-time Alaska.
Kristie Smithers, City Clerk, 1 April 2004