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Salem, Virginia (U.S.)

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[Flag of Salem, Virginia] image by Randy Young, 27 July 2014

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Description of the flag

From (no longer available):

Sec. 1-8. Corporate seal of city; execution of bonds, etc.
(a) The corporate seal of the city shall be a circle 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and just inside the outer rim of the circle the words "SALEM, VIRGINIA" with the design of a dove of peace carrying an olive branch in the center. On a flag, such seal shall be centered on a field of white with the dove of peace, circle and the words "Salem, Virginia" in gold against a background of royal blue.
(Code 1969, § 1-6)

Charter references: Authority of city with reference to corporate seal, § 1.1.
Image of the seal at and available here.
located by Dov Gutterman, 11 December 2002

The Salem City court building can be seen at where the city flag is shown as the city seal on a white field. Context
Ned Smith, 6 May 2008

Salem's official website has the complete "Branding & Logos" ( In that webpage, titled "City of Salem Logos", some considerations and observations are provided, as follows:

"Below are official logos used by the City of Salem available for download. Any other logo requests should be sent to the Communications Department by email or calling (540) 375-4112.

The City of Salem seal is used on official documents, vehicles, buildings and road signage. The seal can be used to represent Salem on any documents or advertising both inside and outside the city. This logo should not be altered in any way.

The City of Salem bar logo is a more modern version the city uses on official documents, website, department logos and more. This logo can also be used to represent Salem on any documents or advertising both inside and outside the city and should not be altered in any way."

They feature two logos: one being the seal, blue background and gold. The official colors are:
Midnight Blue: CMYK 100-99-23-17; RGB 25, 25, 122; PMS 2756C
Virginia Gold: CMYK 26-27-65-1; RGB 193, 173, 112; PMS 466C

The second logo (Seal) is a white background and black bird. The official colors are:
True Black: CMYK 75-68-67-90; RGB 0, 0, 0; PMS Black C
True White: CMYK 0-0-0-0; RGB 255, 255, 255; PMS White

Esteban Rivera, 23 March 2022

Police Department

[Salem Police Department] image located by Esteban Rivera, 23 March 2022

Salem's Police Department seems to have a ceremonial (outdoor variant) flag, featuring the coat of arms of the Department. In fact, when looking at the uniform patch, one can see that it is the color combination black background and golden bird.

Images:, source:

Flag variant ( source:

Salem's Police Department logo, featuring the blue background and golden bird:, source:

Salem's Police Department logo variant, featuring the black background and white bird:, source:

Salem's Police Department uniform patch:, source:

Regarding the fonts and typeface, they are:
- Trajan Pro, a Roman style font, is used on the Salem City Seal and Salem VA bar logos. It is to only be used in headlines or display copy, due to all letters being capitalized.
- Lato Regular, a Google-based font, is the cityís primary typeface. Itís a clean, modern sans-serif typeface that works well for display copy, body text, and everything between.

For additional information go to Salem, VA (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 23 March 2022

The seal

[City Seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 1 February 2020

Paul Bassinson, 1 February 2020