Flag of Madison, Wisconsin
The flag of Madison, Wisconsin, was adopted by the municipal government on April 12, 1962. It consists of a light blue background bisected from lower left to upper right by a white band. These symbolize Lake Mendota and Lake Monona and the isthmus between them. In the center of the flag is a black cross which symbolizes the four lakes (Mendota, Monona, Wingra and Waubesa) as well as the state capitol. Overlaid on the cross is an Indian Sun symbol. (This symbol is similar to the sun symbols seen on the state flag of New Mexico and on the municipal flags of Wichita, Kansas and Albuquerque, New Mexico.) In a 2004 poll conducted by the North American Vexillological Association, the flag of Madison was rated eleventh best out of 150 major cities in the United States.
The flag was designed by Rick and Dennis Stone, members of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, with the help of John Price, their color guard instructor. In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the drum corps in 2007,(and the 150th anniversary of The City of Madison), a representative of the government of the city,(Former Drum Major "Daniel S. Veerhusen"); presented a flag to the corps, which has since then been kept in the care of a senior member of the corps who is a resident of Madison. Upon that member's departure, the flag is passed on to its next custodian on the steps of the State Capitol.
- "Washington, D.C. Tops American City Flags Survey", North American Vexillological Association press release, 2 October 2004