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Adopted 26 Feb 1976
The disks are from the arms of the former municipality of Maashees en
Overloon, which was absorbed by Vierlingsbeek in 1942.
Hans van Heijningen, 14 May 2005
This is the villageflag of Vierlingsbeek, after it merged into Boxmeer
The arms was granted 16 Jul 1817.
Description: per fess: I. or St. Lawrence azure; II. or 2 fesses with 8 merlettes placed 3,2,3, all noir.
St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the Vierlingsbeek village church. The municipality, now village of Vierlingsbeen was in the Land of Cijck, the lords of which used the same arms.
Granted 16 Jul 1817
Arms: azure seven pennies or, of which one is placed in shieldcenter,
the others in a ring around it.
The pennies were called "garstebroden" (barley-loaves) in 1817.
Maashees and Overloon were two villages in the region known as "Vredepeel"
(Peace-Peel), where neighbouring villages have been fighting each other
for over 700 years since peat-digging started in the 14th century. Jan
I of Cijck granted the digging rights to Maasland and Overloon in 1308
and was convinced he ended the eternal fighting - was he wrong! In 1716
a treaty was signed by the Dutch Republic and Prussia in which the borders
of the Vredepeel was fixed, but the villagers didn't like that either:
until the start of the 20th century the bickering continued.
In 1944 the "Battle of Overloon" was fought here between armored USA-divisions and Germans, and on 12 and 13 Oct 1944 British fought a house-to-house battle against Germand, which demolished Overloon completely. The "British Cemetery" reminds of that, with c. 300 buried soldiers.