The Heart of Nashua with Joan Stylianos: I'd like to run this idea up the flagpole

The fine city of Manchester attempted to do it, and it failed miserably on Nov. 7 in a ballot question. I’m not sure why the concept couldn’t fly, so to speak.

I don’t believe the Gate City has ever tried to accomplish the same thing; at least I can’t recall such an effort, but being an artistic and creative soul myself I would like to see our city also give it a whirl.

I’m talking about a new city flag for Nashua. Actually, our city doesn’t have an official flag, according to the mayor’s office. What it does have is a city seal, which I’ve seen on large banners displayed on the walls at events such as a Nashua Police Department news conference.

The “flag” features a sky blue background with a yellow border.

Our city seal features a circular disc with the words “Township of Dunstable, 1673,” and on the lower edge of the disc the words “City of Nashua, 1853.”

It’s a busy-looking illustration with images of an anvil and hammers, a plough, a bale of goods, a regulator, a horn of plenty, a bridge and a train of railroad cars, a cotton mill, and iron foundries. And at the top of the circular emblem are two clasped hands.

I can bet that a number of Nashuans are unaware that our community even has a city seal, and some residents could probably care less.

It’s not an unattractive symbol; it’s traditional and proudly represents the amazing city and people of Nashua.

The seal has recently been engraved into a handsome granite medallion that graces the center of City Hall’s brick plaza. That’s wonderful, but I think it’s time to design an official city flag to hang both inside and outside City Hall that is simple, colorful, modern and does not include the current city seal.

I like the way Manchester presented the concept on its ballot question. Voters had their choice of three designs submitted by residents, along with the current flag featuring the city seal.

As was the case in Manchester, in Nashua the vote would be a nonbinding referendum question that would have to be ratified by Nashua’s Board of Aldermen.

Other cities across the nation have dumped their old, tired city seals and opted for new flags, and some of these symbols have become popular with residents, visitors, sports fans and those who just love getting inked.

For example, the Windy City displays a cool looking flag that has two sky-blue bars separated by a white bar with four red stars in the middle and another thinner, white bar at the top and another at the bottom of the flag. The stars represent four key events in Chicago’s history: the building of Fort Dearborn along the banks of the Chicago River in 1803, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933–34.

Tattoo enthusiasts go wild over the Chicago city flag and add images of it to their skin portfolios, if you will.

The Chicago city flag is imprinted on T-shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, posters, cufflinks, beach towels, pet tags, drinking glasses, keychains and so on.

This could be quite the lucrative deal for Nashua if an official city flag gets designed and a majority of voters fall in love with it.

Just my humble opinion.

Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at