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Oostdijk is a relatively young village, dating from the 18th century
on the crossroads of two dikes in an area with many small lakes, flooded
many times through the ages. In the arms the green cross represents the
crossroads of the Lavendeldijk, Nieuwlandse Binnendijk and Bolwerk. In
the second quarter one sees the ever returning water.
The other symbols represent agriculture and horticulture of Oostdijk, still quite important in the village. Before the municipal reorganization of 1970 Oostdijk belonged to two municipalities: Krabbendijke and Kruiningen. Both had black on its arms, therefore that color was chosen for three quarters of the Oostdijk arms.
The cut onion represents an important industry (not of tears, though); by cutting it one sees the round form of the village - and the "O" of Oostdijk.
The pear represents horticulture, while the sheaf underlines the importance of agriculture in Oostdijk.
The flag is identical to the arms.
It should be stressed that the "naturalization" of the symbols was done by the Oostdijkers themselves; the original designs were a bit - duuh - different.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Jan 2007