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Saint-Basile-le-Grand (Quebec, Canada)

Last modified: 2013-06-29 by rob raeside
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Saint-Basile-le-Grand flag image by Marc Pasquin, 12 February 2007


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This is the flag of Saint-Basile-Le-Grand (Montérégie) as I saw it flying over the town hall in December of 2005. It is white with the coat of arms and the name of the municipality underneath in "dirty" yellow (which I assume to be gold). The coat of arms might have a slightly different design, especially for the horse's head.

No idea of the adoption date but the coat of arms itself was adopted in 1969 from a design by Monsieur André Genest. The official website offer as an explanation of its components (translated by me):

Sky Blue represent joy, knowledge, loyalty and clarity. Red gives a vision of a hopeful future, it defines greatness, audacity and valiance. Green represent vegetation, it express renewal, hope and gaiety. Gold represent sparkle, justice, strength and consistency.

[...]

The royal crown comes from the Greek word "BASILIEUS". Being a residential town, the chevron represent family life; the roof, the superstructure of the home. The horse's head bring to mind that there is an important concentration of horse breeding farms for equestrian and races. On a golden ribbon and under the shield, that is supported by 2 twigs of maple leaves giving elegance, is written the motto:

NOBLESSE Y DEMEURE [tr. "nobility lives there"] (the etymology gives royalty and nobility)

Marc Pasquin, 12 February 2007


Possible Prior Flag

Saint-Basile-le-Grand flag
image by Marc Pasquin, 12 February 2007

This is a reconstruction of the flag I remember from my youth when I used to live there. As this was more then 20 years ago, the exact design is in no way a certainty. What I remember for sure is a greenish, 3 part logo on an orange field. Checking the website, they do have a logo in orange and green that would seem to fit the bill that was adopted in 1980.
Marc Pasquin, 12 February 2007


 
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