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[Flag of Manistee, Michigan] image located by Dave Fowler, 26 February 2019



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The flag of the City of Manistee, Michigan, was seen at the 2010 Michigan Municipal League convention. The parade of flags is documented at Flickr, including this flag: a glimpse of a flag probably belonging to Manistee. This seems to have a white, wavy horizontal stripe on a light blue background, with a dark blue strip along the bottom and a thicker dark blue strip at the fly bearing white lettering, presumably "MANISTEE", but only "NISTE" visible. Yellow fringe.
www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/5017460160
Jonathan Dixon, 7 October 2010

A better image can be seen at http://news.pioneergroup.com/manisteenews which reports:

Manistee is iconic for its diverse waterways, including Lake Michigan, as well as several inland lakes and rivers. The official flag for Manistee is a tribute to these unique features, and has become a symbol for the community. The Rotary Club of Manistee first created the flags 20 years ago. “We thought it was important to have an official flag, so we had one designed and approved by the city council,” said Zamrowski.

Tom Culbert was on the Rotary board at the time, and said the city had initially expressed interest in having an official flag. “We received information that the city was interested in having an official flag,” he said. “So we went before them and asked for permission to develop a flag and make it available for anybody in the county.”

The flag would be displayed on numerous flagpoles around the county, and would also be a ceremonial flag. “At that time (city officials) would go to the Michigan Municipal League for a conference and they would have a parade that included the flags of each city,” said Culbert. “They wanted a ceremonial flag for Manistee, as well.”

There was a number of Rotarians involved in the process of designing the flag, including some who are still members today. “There was around a half dozen people involved in designing it and we finally came up with the one we have now,” he said. “I also contacted the City of Wyandotte because they had just recently adopted a new flag, to help with some ideas.”

The Rotary Club recently decided to recommission the City of Manistee flag and make them available to the public again. “It’s been 20 years and of course most of the flags have been used up,” said Zamrowski. “We thought it might be a good time to bring them back, to have them on sale. I remember when we first did it a lot of the merchants downtown purchased flags, and it looked really nice to see them downtown.”
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The flag is iconic for Manistee, and highlights the prominent features of the area as a shoreline city. “It adds a better identity, when people see the flag they recognize a part of Manistee,” he said. “It’s a big part of our port city, and when people see it on the boats that also gives us some publicity.” Zamrowski felt that it also gives residents a sense of unity, celebrating the unique community.

Dave Fowler, 27 February 2019