The two red stripes symbolize railroad tracks. Rail transportation played a significant role in the founding and development of the Town. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad (“W&OD”) shaped Herndon’s early history by giving local farmers a way to ship their harvests and dairy products. The W&OD railroad easement was repurposed as a regional park and is used as a bicycle and recreation path. Metrorail’s Silver Line brings rail transportation back to the Town and will give additional access to businesses and residents.
The two red stripes also pay homage to the red stripes on the flag of District of Columbia, the largest suburb of Herndon, giving the Flag regional significance.
The four-point star in the center of the Flag is borrowed from the Herndon Town Seal. It resembles a compass in recognition of the naval background of Commander William Lewis Herndon, the maritime hero after whom the Town is named. The overall design of the flag is evocative of the maritime flags, ensigns and jacks flown atop the 19th Century ships that Commander Herndon would have commandeered.
The Flag’s colors, Red and Black, are the school colors of Herndon High School, and closely resemble the “master colors” adopted in the Brand Strategy for the Town of Herndon.
A rectangle with a width-to-length proportion equal to 1:1.67, containing a white field with two red horizontal stripes, and a black four-point star in the center. The width of each red stripe is 1/5 (.2) of the hoist (width) of the Flag, placed ¼ (.25) of the hoist from the top and bottom edges. The height and width of the star are equal, and the width is equal to 1/3 of the fly (length).
Pantone Colors: Red: 200-C Black: Black-C