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Civic heraldry of Canada / Armorial Canadienne
Province : Ontario
Arms : Per chevron Vert and Or in chief a sun in splendour issuant Or between four roses in pale Argent in base semé of billets bretessed palewise Purpure.
Crest: A Loyalist civil coronet rim Or maple leaves Gules oak leaves Vert issuant therefrom a demi-lion Or bearing between its forepaws a garb also Or.
Supporters: Upon a grassy mound decked with four bunches of a gladiolus Or between a trillium flower and a rose Argent, dexter a stallion Or gorged with a collar Gules pendant therefrom a torteau bearing a chevron between in chief two pine cones and in base a fleur-de-lys Or sinister a mare Or gorged with the same collar.
Motto: LEADING WHILE REMEMBERING
The arms were officially granted on December 21, 1990.
The four rosettes in the upper part symbolise the communities of Markham, Milliken, Thornhill and Unionville. The rising sun symbolises growth and strength.
The lower half shows some computer chips, the symbol for the high-tech industry in the municipality. The crest shows a lion holding some wheat-ears. The latter symbolise the agriculture in the municipality. The lion rises from a crown made from maple leaves, the symbol of Canada.
The typical helmet is derived from the arms of Sir Markham, after whom the town is named.
The supporters are two horses, as a symbol for the early transportation, which was important for the settling of the area. The medallions show the chevron taken from arms of the Berczy family, the first settlers in the area. The acorns and fleur-de-lis on the medallion symbolise growth. The supporters stand on a compartment of different flowers, representing the different cultures in the municipality.
Literature : Image from http://www.gg.ca
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