Last modified: 2005-06-03 by phil nelson
Keywords: saint joseph de beauce | quebec | wheat germs | roses | stars: 3 |
Links: FOTW homepage | search | disclaimer and copyright | write us | mirrors
Red means fraternity, the noblest of the social obligations. White means our
French origins. Gold means our faith in the Church and the wealth of our heart.
The two blue stripes remind us of the route of our ancestors who came from
overseas. The arms make of it a flag really distinctive.
translated from the city website by Ivan Sache, 26 May 2001
Some info about the arms on the flag: The fleur-de-lys are taken from the
French Bourbon dynasty, France and Quebec. The wheat germs represent
agriculture. The three wild roses are the arms of Sieur Joseph Fleury de la
Gorgendière. The wild rose symbolizes attractive simplicity, wild nature and
the azure background is for tranquility and vast spaces. The three stars refer
to three trilogies of historic events: 1) the three first seigneuries of New
France (Taschereau, Vaudreuil, Gorgendière); 2) the three parishes erected on
the territory of JF de la Gorgendière: Saint-Joseph, Sainte-Marie and
Saint-François; 3) the three municipalities on the land: Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce
(village), Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce (paroisse) and
Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce-Sud-Ouest. The two branches of maple leaf recalls the
flourishing sugar maple industry and the floral emblem of Canada. The motto
"FLEURIS OÙ TU ES SEMÉ" (flourish where you have sowed) is inspired
by the three wild roses taken from the presumed arms of JF de la Gorgendière.
These flowers symbolize fidelity to the native soil.
Luc Baronian, 20 May 2005