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Detroit, Michigan (U.S.)

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[Flag of Detroit, Michigan] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 27 January 2001

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Description of the flag

1st quarter 13 white stars on blue, in three rows of 5, 4, 4
2nd quarter 3 lions passant guardant in gold on red
3rd quarter 5 gold fleurs de lis on white
4th quarter 13 red and white diagonal stripes
overall, a seal: two Greek figures in front of two buildings, one of them in flames.

Windsor-Detroit Freedom Festival

[Flag of Detroit, Michigan] image located by Bill Garrison, 27 July 2007

An original hand made flag from the 1st ever Freedom Festival between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada. This festival continues to this day and this "ORIGINAL 1959 FLAG" signifies the start of a lasting relationship between Detroit and Windsor. The flag was custom hand made by Geo. P. Johnson Co. out of Detroit. It is made of nylon and very well done. It is quite fancy and in the center is the Ambassador Bridge. It is a large flag that measures approx. 70 inches long by 43 inches tall.

The success of the first International Freedom Festival, themed "Partners in Freedom," in 1959, paved the way for the Detroit-Windsor celebration that continues to develop and grow in popularity on both sides of the Detroit River. The International Freedom Festival is a 75-year-old idea that became a reality 48 years ago. In 1930 Paul Lutzeier, a student editor at the College of the City of Detroit - later to become Wayne State University - conceived the idea of a joint Independence Day celebration between the citizens of Detroit and Windsor. He felt the United States and Canada shared not only a geographic border, but also a spiritual bond.

The fulfillment of Lutzeier's dream was almost 30 years in the making. As originally stated, the purpose of the festival was to promote an annual civic festival...for the purpose of dramatizing the friendship between the American and Canadian people and publicizing this friendship as a worldwide example of the benefits derived under "free government."

Business and civic leaders gave their support to the concept, and the first International Freedom Festival was held in 1959. Its theme was "Partners in Freedom." Queen Elizabeth II made an historic visit to Windsor and it was also the beginning of a long-standing tradition of fireworks, sponsored by Hudson's. Today, the Target Fireworks is the centerpiece of the entire festival.

Bill Garrison, 27 July 2007