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Menzonio commune (Ticino canton, Switzerland)

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[Flag of Menzonio]
by Pascal Gross

Azure St. Mary praying and crowned all argent haloed or issuant from a stump snagged and eradicated vert sprouting a branch with three leaves.
Željko Heimer, 18 January 2004

The flag of Menzonio comes from a local legend. Before that the seaways to California and Australia were open, the male youth of Menzonio, too numerous in comparison with the possibilities offered by the agriculture, emigrated to Rome. One day, a group of emigrants came back carrying an image of the Blessed Virgin kept in a casket. They stopped a few minutes to have a rest at the entry of the village leaving the casket on the stump of a cherry-tree. When they wanted to take back the casket containing the image, they had the surprise to notice that the casket has united with the cherry-tree, as if it was part of the stump.
Pascal Gross, 18 January 2004