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Municipalité de la Paroisse de Saint-Philémon

Saint-Philémon, Quebec
Grant of Arms, Supporters and Flag
April 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 275

Arms of the Municipalité de la Paroisse de Saint-Philémon

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Blazon

Arms

Per fess nowy reversed Or and Vert, at the fess point a cross flory Azure, in chief three triangles, that in the centre reversed Vert;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of maple seeds Or, two buckets in chevron proper;

Supporters

Two Cape May warblers (Dendroica tigrina) on a grassy mound proper;

Motto

GÉNÉREUX AUJOURD'HUI COMME HIER;


Symbolism

Arms

The green colour represents forests, and yellow is a complementary colour alluding to the rich resources of the region. The cross with fleurs-de-lis has two meanings. It underlines the Christian nature of the community as well as its namesake St. Philémon, the beloved disciple of St. Paul. Moreover, its fleurs-de-lis branches indicate that the municipality is located in the province of Quebec. The triangles recall the Allegheny Mountain Range.

Crest

The buckets represent the maple industry, one of the economic staples of the municipality. They further allude to the administrative region of Chaudière-Apalaches where the municipality is located.

Supporters

The Cape May warblers are a species of birds found in Quebec. The grassy mound represents the natural setting of the region where Saint-Philémon is located.

Motto

Meaning "As generous today as yesterday", refers to mutual aid within the community and to its sanatorium.