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Civic heraldry of Canada
Province : British Columbia
Arms: Vert a plate environed of a triangle voided of the field couped on each corner Argent
Crest: A demi ship’s wheel Argent
Supporters: Two horses Argent maned and unguled Or each gorged of a riband Vert pendent therefrom a pomme, that on the dexter charged of three salmon fretted, that on the sinister charged of an ear of barley Or, both standing on a grassy mount Vert charged on the dexter with a plate bearing a pale wavy Azure and on the sinister with a fountain, all issuant from the sea proper
Motto: OURS TO PRESERVE BY HAND AND HEART
The arms were officially granted in 1988 (Scottish grant) and registered on January 20, 2005 (Canadian register)
The background, or heraldic "field", is green representing the rich Delta lands. In the centre is a silver sun disc enclosed by a silver triangle symbolizing the Greek letter "Delta". This symbol was taken from the logo that Delta had used since 1969.
Above the shield is a mural coronet in Canada's national colours. Above the coronet, rising from a wreath of Delta's livery colours, silver and green, is a symbol of water based commerce and industry, a silver ship's wheel.
The horse supporters represent the foundation industry of Delta, agriculture, and its continuing importance to the municipality. The two silver horses with manes and hooves of gold also symbolize the Communities strength and power. Each horse is further distinguished with a collar bearing symbols of two industries, fishing and grain growing.
The compartment on which the shield and supporters stand is a visual metaphor for Delta's geographic situation. The green fields bordered by the sea are "charged", on the left with a symbol for the Fraser River and on the right by a representation of Boundary Bay.
Above the whole design is the motto "Ours to Preserve by Hand and Heart", a continuing invitation to citizens to conserve and strengthen Delta's special qualities.
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