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Henderson teen’s design for city flag adopted by commissioners

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 2:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 10:20 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The City of Henderson Board of Commissioners has adopted a new city flag.

It was designed by 14-year-old Jaxson Matthews.

Matthews told 14 News he has always been a big fan of vexillology, the study of flags.

One day, while sketching up a design for a hypothetical flag of Henderson, Matthews decided he should present it to the mayor.

“We looked through our emails one day and saw one from the mayor’s office,” John Matthews, Jaxson’s father said. “We were like, ‘We haven’t corresponded with the mayor, what’s going on?’”

Jaxson had taken the initiative and began communicating with Mayor Steve Austin about his idea to have his design adopted.

Eventually, Jaxson presented his flag idea before the Henderson Board of Commissioners.

Click here to see the meeting where he originally presented his design to the commission in July,

It incorporates the railroad bridge, the river, two black lines representing the Ohio and Green Rivers, goldenrods to symbolize peace and a field of blue to commemorate all the water surrounding Henderson.

His father said this kind of work and dedication is somewhat typical in their house.

“This isn’t new with Jaxson, like this stuff happens all the time,” John said. “He’s amazing. You can name a country and he can tell you every country that borders it, he can tell you the capital, he can probably tell you the GDP.”

After a couple of minor adjustments were made, the new flag was unanimously ratified on Tuesday and will be available for use once flags can be produced.

Click here to see Tuesday’s meeting.

“It makes me feel happy that I achieved something that no other man in Henderson history has achieved,” Jaxson said. “Creating a flag that symbolizes Henderson and the wonderful people you’ll ever get to meet if you ever get to visit the city.”

Jaxson said he hopes the flag makes people feel proud to be from Henderson.

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