Chesapeake Bay Flag Association

Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Flag Association (CBFA). The CBFA is a group of flag enthusiasts from the Mid-Atlantic States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia).

The CBFA was informally founded on November 6th, 1982 and formally founded on November 13th, 1993. It has been inactive for a while, but was reorganized in December of 2005. The CBFA is a full member of FIAV and has been one since July 3rd, 1995. We have meetings three times a year in March, July and November. In addition, we also publish a newsletter, Flagship.

The joint meeting with the Great Waters Association of Vexillology (GWAV) the weekend of May 3-4, 2008 was a great success. It has been decided to arrange such meetings every 2 to 3 years in the future.

CBFA & GWAV Members, May 2008
1st row: Nick Artimovich, Daniel Broh-Kahn; 2nd row: Dick Clark, Jack Lowe, Bill Belanich, David Breitenbach, Peter Kinderman; 3rd Row: Dale Grimes, George Cahill, Peter Ansoff, John Purcell, Chris Bedwell, Rich Monahan on the steps of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library. Photo courtesy of Chris Bedwell.

Additional photos courtesy of Jack Lowe.

Member Notes:

CBFA member Dale Grimes collects and displays US Naval Flags from World War II. Here are some pictures of his flag displays

CBFA member Daniel Broh-Kahn had developed a collectable card game based on flags. There are five sets already out with two more planned in the near future. Go to Six Sided Simulations for more information.

Flag Notes:
On October 5th, 2006, the community of Annandale, VA unveiled its first flag. This flag was created thanks to the efforts of numerous community members including CBFA's own Peter Ansoff. To learn more about this new flag, go to the Annandale Flag website.

Here is an unique flag from an unique community on the Chesapeake Bay. In the spirit of the Conch Republic, the Annapolis neighborhood of Eastport seceded from Annapolis (and one assumes Maryland and the US) after the bridge connecting the two was closed for repairs. They have continued to foster this spirit of independence, which included designing a new national flag. To learn more about Eastport, go to the Eastport website.

Previous Meetings:

Here are the minutes of our previous meetings:

Upcoming Events:

How Will You Celebrate Flag Day This Year?

On the 232nd anniversary of the Flag Resolution of the Continental Congress, our member Dale Grimes will talk about his World War Two Navy Flag Collection at the United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 1:00pm.

Following the talk will be a short ceremony for Dale's father, Dale Sr., who was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy. The chief petty officers' bell is on display at the Navy Memorial and Heritage Center and the privilege of ringing this bell belongs to all chief petty officers, past and present.

After the ceremony, we will have a meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Flag Association. We will not have an auction at this meeting, so save your goodies for next time. Nor will we have time to set up extensive displays, so please only bring stuff for brief reports ("vexi-bits").

Lunch is planned at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant which is 3 blocks away before the meeting. Please contact Jack Lowe at if you wish to receive further details or to indicate your interest in attending.

The next North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) meeting, where CBFA members are generally well represented, is in Charleston, South Carolina October 9-11, 2009.

Page Last Updated: May 26, 2009
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