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Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, Quebec (Canada)

Rimouski MRC

Last modified: 2012-08-09 by rob raeside
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[Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, Quebec] image located by Ivan Sache, 20 August 2011
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Ville de Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska

The municipality of Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska (1,823 inhabitants in 2006; 115.95 sq. km) is located in the Rimouski MRC, halfway between the cities of Québec and Rimouski, close to the borders with the USA and New Brunswick. Located in the lowlands of the Saint-Laurent valley, the municipal territory is mostly rural (99% of the area), with a significant forest area (38%). The municipality adopted its current name on 14 August 1997, having been known before as Paroisse de Saint-Alexandre. The municipality emerged in the early 19th century from the old domains of Isle-du-Portage and Verbois; in 1812, Jean Thériault, followed the next year by his cousin Alexandre, left the neighboring village of Saint-André to settle in the yet uninhabited woods. These early settlers were followed in 1815 by Michel Parent and in 1817 by Firmin Bélanger and Frédéric Pelletier. In 1850, the new parish had 930 inhabitants composing 112 families; the parish was officially recognized in 1852 by the religious authorities and on 23 November 1857 by the civil authorities.
http://www.stalexkamouraska.com/indexFr.asp?numero=15 - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 20 August 2011


Flag

The flag of Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska is white with the municipal coat of arms in the hoist half and the fly half inscribed with the writing "Municipalité de / Saint-Alexandre- / -de-Kamouraska, in black cursive letters. The flag can be seen on a photo published on 17 August 2011 in "Le Picoteux", picturing the Saint-Alexandre-born Captain Patrick Lévesque holding the flag in the Kandahar Air Field of the Canadian Forces stationed in Afghanistan. Lévesque belongs to the Royal 22e Regiment, whose color is hoisted in the background.

http://www.leplacoteux.com/index.asp?s=detail_actualite&id=134692 - "Le Placoteux", 17 August 2011

The flag can also be seen, hoisted indoors, on a small photo published on 9 July 2010 in "Infodimanche": http://www.infodimanche.com/index.asp?s=detail_actualite&ID=136152 - 9 July 2010
Ivan Sache, 20 August 2011


Arms

The coat of arms of Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska is quartered red-green by a golden cross superimposed with a thin black cross and a golden rose in the middle of the cross. A golden scroll below the shield bears the municipality's motto "VIVRE ET BÂTIR" (To Live and to Build). Gold represents the spiritual and intellectual values of the villagers. Red recalls the courage of the pioneers and of those involves in the management of the place. Green represents hope and vitality. Black represents the soul and spirit, faith and love of all the villagers.

The first, red quarter is charged with a an open book superimposed with a flaming torch, all gold. The book recalls the importance of education in the village, while the torch symbolizes the Christian faith of the villagers.
The second, green quarter is charged with a golden black spruce, symbolizing the colonization of the place and highlighting the importance of log trade.
The third, red quarter is charged with three wheat spikes representing wealth and the local significance of agriculture.
The fourth, green quarter is charged with a round of cheese, representing milk and cheese trade and, more generally, local trade and industry.

The five petals of the central rose each have a specific meaning:
- the first petal represents the priests;
- the second petal represents the pioneers and the first families;
- the third petal represents the Christian mission;
- the fourth petal represents the municipal life and activities;
- the fifth petal represents the social and economic life and the fame of Saint-Alexandre.

http://www.stalexkamouraska.com/indexFr.asp?numero=40 - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 20 August 2011
 
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