Mildam (Frisian: Mildaam) is a village in Heerenveen municipality in Fryslân
It adopted in 2003 a flag and coat of arms, designed by the Fryske
Rie foar Heraldyk.
At the Mildam website is a short
description with images:
The colors and symbols refer to Mildam. A blue flag with a wavy bar,
which symbolizes the Tjonger river; the blue interruprtion is for the bridge
or dam over the Tjonger; the sandy soil and oak trees are reflected in
the yellow oak-leaf.
In the arms is also a French fleur-de-lis, which was also present in
the arms of the old grietenij (municipality) of Schoterland, to which Mildam
Mildam = middle dam (in the Tjonger); its church dates from 1726 and
has a bell-cage. In the region Mildamsters are known for "Mildaamster
hier" very bright-blond hair, or "wyt hier" white hair.
Nicknames: "Blêddefeijers" - leaf-wipers; along the old
road, the Schoterlandseweg from Heerenveen to Donkerbroek, there were a
lot of trees with a lot of leaves, and the Mildaamsters had the sorry duty
to wipe them away (just like the inhabitants of the Belgian village of
Bouwel in the municipality of Grobbendonk,
who used the leaves in the stables, the Bouwelers were known as "Bladerendabbers").
Mildaamsters were also known as "Molkenbakken" - biscuits with
Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2004