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ALIQUIPPA -- The city's name is stamped in bright white letters across the face of the flag, but that's probably unnecessary. You see black and red, and the old chief's head, you know you're looking at Aliquippa. Mayor Dwan Walker and his brother Donald Walker, a city councilman, are heading an effort to have council adopt an official city flag. Council will consider approving an ordinance that would establish an official flag on Nov. 7. "We may be the first," Dwan Walker said. "I've made some calls and I can't find any other municipality that has its own flag. It's something that could help build pride in the city."
The Aliquippa varsity football team carried the flag onto the field Thursday before a 66-7 televised victory over rival Beaver Falls.
The flag, bisected diagonally, has red on top, black on the bottom, and "Aliquippa" printed in white letters along the diagonal equator. It includes "Est. 1894," the date the city (then a borough) was incorporated, in white letters, and a silhouette of an American Indian in a chief's headdress, the Aliquippa High School mascot, in a bottom corner.
"We asked people: Do you think Aliquippa should have its own flag? Everybody loved it," Dwan Walker said. The flag was designed in 2005 by Bruce Donoso, an Aliquippa student participating in a contest sponsored by the Franklin Avenue Development Committee. It has flown over the city's police station, but was largely forgotten until the Walkers found a box of 20 in the basement of the city building. "Most of them were molding and rotting," Dwan Walker said. "We were able to find three that we could clean and save." The mayor took one to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September and carried it with him. "You'd be surprised how many people recognize Aliquippa," he said. The Walkers have been looking for a way to reproduce the flag and then distribute flags to people inside and outside the city. "If you're in Denver and want a flag, we'll get it to you. If you're in Atlanta, we'll get you one," Dwan Walker said. "If you're in Afghanistan, we'll find a way to get you one. It's one way of building pride and hope in the city."