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The Town of Lacombe

Lacombe, Alberta
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
May 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 284

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


Blazon

Arms

Or a cross Gules voided throughout of the field between in the first quarter a Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) volant bendwise Azure, in the second an open book Argent bound Azure, in the third a cross flory Azure voided of the field and charged with a cross couped Gules, and in the fourth two bendlets and two bendlets sinister interlaced Azure;

Crest

A coronet of wheat spikes, the rim Or charged with a frieze of flames Azure;

Motto

PEOPLE • PRIDE • PROGRESS;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

On a Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currocoides) volant Azure a cross flory Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The gold background symbolizes the community's wealth, the nearby grain fields, and agricultural research. The red cross represents Lacombe's situation as a crossroads of Highway 2 and Highway 12, while the inner cross recalls the missionary work of Father Albert Lacombe (1827-1916), the town's namesake. The bird is one of Lacombe's most important chosen emblems. The cross with fleur-de-lis ends repeats the symbolism of the main cross, with the fleurs-de-lis a reference to Father Lacombe and to a symbol found in the arms of the Rt. Hon. Roland Michener, a native son of Lacombe whose birthplace is an important heritage site. The book represents the Canadian University College and the agricultural research centres in Lacombe, as well as the Town's commitment to education, research and technology. The diagonal crosses are the central element of the personal coat of arms of Roland Michener, a reference to the fact that he was Canada's 20th Governor General.

Crest

The ears of wheat represent the local agricultural economy and work at the Lacombe Research Centre. The flames refer to the oil and gas industries.

Motto

This phrase was suggested by the Town.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge

The Mountain Bluebird and the gold cross link Lacombe's emblem with the idea of crossroads.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on December 20, 2003, in Volume 137, page 3982 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Ilona Jurkiewicz

Calligrapher
Karen Mackay


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government