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Salakas (Utena, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 23 December 2009

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Salakas (Zarasai District) - on a white field a red pale (white-red-white 1-2-1 approximately) with a golden armed silver falcon sitting on three golden ashlars one over two and holding in its claws a golden Latin cross. Flag proportions 5:6, free edges bordered with golden rope, finial is a silver arrow head with golden bands. The falcon is canting: the opposingly red name of the town would be "sakalas", meaning "falcon" in Lithuanian. The ashlars and cross remind of the key event in the life of the Salakas community in 1906-1911: the local priest Antanas Kryzanauskas encouraged the parish to build a new church. People unanimously brought a lot of stones with lorries, made ashlars and built the original church in less than 6 years.
Virginijus Misiunas, 23 December 2009