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The flag of Richmond is with with the municipal coat of arms. "Ville de
Richmond" is written in cursive black letters beneath the arms. The flag and
arms were inaugurated on 20 October 2008, in the presence of Claire Boudreau,
Chief Herald of Canada.
http://www.lapresse.ca/la-tribune/actualites/estrie-et-regions/200810/24/01-32554-de-nouvelles-armoiries-a-limage-dune-region.php - La Tribune, 24 October 2008
The arms are an heraldic "regularization" of the arms used until then by the town without any official registration. They were inscribed on 20 June 2005 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. V, p. 303. The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Vol. 142, p. 2,984 of the Canada Gazette.
Quarterly or and vert, a sprig of three shamrocks, a rose, a fleur-de-lis and a thistle in cross, their stems conjoined in fess point argent
A beaver couchant proper on a branch of maple vert
Two great blue herons proper each holding in its beak a maple leaf and standing on a grassy mount vert
AB UNITATE PROSPERITAS
The field is divided into four parts, symbolizing a crossroads or meeting place, not unlike Richmond. The dividing lines also represent the railroad and the Rivière Saint-François, two important means of transportation in the town’s history. The central figure of the coat of arms consists of a shamrock, a rose, a fleur-de-lis and a thistle. Together, they form a single figure representing the first inhabitants of the area who came from various countries to settle in the region. The four flowers are elements taken from the town’s former emblem. Thus, they ensure the continuity of Richmond’s emblematic heritage.
The beaver symbolizes industry and the efforts of the citizens to improve their town. Sitting atop a small branch of green maple leaves, the beaver has been part of the town’s emblem for decades.
The great blue herons are magnificent birds found in the area. They symbolize Richmond’s rich natural heritage and geographic location. Each holds a green maple leaf in its beak, recalling the small maple branch depicted in the crest.
The Latin phrase means “Prosperity through unity.”
Creator(s): Original concept of Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
Painter: David Farrar
Calligrapher: Shirley Mangione
http://reg.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=1310 - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges
http://www.ville.richmond.qc.ca/documents/signification_armoiries_2008.pdf - Official press release, Town of Richmond
Ivan Sache, 25 March 2017